Bernan is a leading distributor of essential publications from the United States government and intergovernmental organizations, and a respected publisher of critically acclaimed reference works based on government data. The two businesses are intertwined; for ease of description, we will describe them as distinct activities.

Bernan offers easy, one-stop access to a world of government and international agency books, journals, and CD-ROMs for academic and public libraries in the U.S., as well as law and corporate libraries. Bernan was founded in 1952 to provide distribution services for the Code of Federal Regulations and other titles published by the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). From its inception, Bernan has focused on enhanced customer service and is recognized today as the largest private distributor of U.S. government publications.

In addition to over 50 years of experience providing libraries with official government publications, Bernan also provides convenient print editions of publications otherwise issued in electronic form, such as County Business Patterns, through its Bernan Web Prints service. Bernan Web Prints are titles that are no longer available in book format from the government. Bernan provides these titles primarily as a service to its standing order customers who wish to continue to receive the book. One-time orders are also accepted for Web Print titles, but they are printed in limited quantities, so customers are advised to place their orders for Web Print titles shortly after the title is announced. This information is updated regularly on www.bernan.com.

With the acquisition in the early 1980s of privately owned UNIPUB, Bernan became the premier North American distributor of intergovernmental publications, as well. In addition to its leading role as private distributor of U.S. government titles, Bernan now represents some of the largest and most prolific publishers in the world, including the United Nations, the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, The Stationery Office, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, UNESCO, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and many others.

With the closings of the GPO bookstores around the country, Bernan's services are more in demand than ever before.

Through its Bernan Press imprint (www.bernan.com), Bernan publishes reference works containing the most sought-after government-related information available. Bernan Press was founded more than 10 years ago to meet the demand of its customers for popular U.S. government statistical reference titles that were dropped by the US GPO, such as Business Statistics of the United States.

Two early Bernan Press titles were Handbook of U.S. Labor Statistics and Datapedia of the United States, the successor to Historical Statistics of the United States. The title list has grown over the years to include handbooks that bring together for the first time statistical information from a variety of government sources on a specific subject, complemented by insightful analyses from experts in their respective specialized disciplines. Bernan Press also publishes enhanced editions of classic references that stand up to heavy use in libraries, such as Statistical Abstract of the United States, Library Edition, which contains all the data found in the original U.S. Census Bureau version presented in a larger format-8 ½" x 11" instead of 6" x 9" -with 25 percent larger type for easier reading and photocopying.

The acquisition of Almanac Publishing, Inc. in 1998 established Bernan Press as a publisher of directories that provide in-depth analysis of critical segments of the U.S. government structure. Considered a "must-have" reference for government affairs professionals, The Almanac of the Unelected contains hundreds of detailed personal profiles of the senior staff to the members, committees, and leadership of the House and Senate.

Bernan's relationship with international agencies has led to a major publishing partnership with the World Trade Organization (WTO). In the Spring of 2003, Bernan Press and the WTO co-published the World Trade Organization Analytical Index: Guide to WTO Law and Practice and the World Trade Organization Basic Instruments & Selected Documents, the first-ever official guides to the operations of the World Trade Organization. Bernan Press and the WTO also co-publish print and CD-ROM editions of Trade Policy Review and other series. Bernan Press's publication of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Decisions: Bernan's Annotated Reporter includes all WTO Panel Reports and Appellate Decisions issued since the WTO's establishment in 1995. This multi-volume series contains the full-text decisions of all WTO disputes, including the court's legal analysis of each case.

Bernan Press also has partnered with the Office of Management and Budget in co-publishing the first two editions of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). In early 2004, Bernan Press entered into an agreement with the Library of Congress to serve as co-publisher of The Encyclopedia of the Library of Congress--the Library's official guide to its history, collections, services, and administrative units.

Bernan's distribution services and Bernan Press publications are highly valued by the library and professional market in the U.S. and abroad.


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