GODORT began as the Task Force on Government Publications of the Social Responsibilities Round Table, the first round table in ALA; it became a separate round table in 1972. Further information about GODORT's first 30 years can be found in A History of the Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association. This publication is in two parts: the original history by Lois Mills covers 1972-92, while the second part, covering 1992-2002, was written by Larry Romans and Sandy Peterson, with contributions by many GODORT members.
Historical online content dating back to the mid-2000s is available on the GODORT wiki. While much of the wiki content was migrated to the GODORT website in 2018, select content that was deemed obsolete was not; the content that remains on the wiki is for archival purposes only.