Acquisition and accession of municipal government documents at our North American cities' public libraries need to be given greater priority. The civic mission of our cities' public libraries would be fulfilled better if people interested in civic matters could have access to the documentation of the working of municipal agencies. For example, in Boston people are routinely deflected at city hall by the city council and city clerks offices. A mayoral directive and city council order are needed to ensure the routine transmittal of municipal departments documents to our Boston Public Library government documents division. Government documents librarians have been relatively adamant.