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Government Depository Libraries Table of Contents
The Gov Docs librarian by Georgios Christopoulos
Federal Depository Library News
While most contemporary government documents are on the web, this is often not the case with those produced before the advent of the Internet. Government depository libraries are important repositories of documents and other information and are important centers for research to keep in mind.
Federal Depository Libraries
The Federal Depository Library Program was created to provide the public physical access to federal government documents throughout the nation. Public, academic and law school libraries participate in the program by receiving and keeping a vareity of documents produced by the different branches of the federal government. There are two types of depository libraries:
- Regional: These institutions receive all government documents within the program and serve an entire region within the United States.
- Select: These institutions receive those government documents which they choose to receive.
Below is a list of depository libraries serving Philadelphia area.
Federal Depository Library Tools
Federal Depository Library Directory
Search engine to locate federal depository libraries throughout the country.
List of Classes
List of government publications available for selection to depository libraries. This is helpful to determine what type of documents various agencies produce.
Superseded List and Guidelines
Guide to depository libraries on document retention. Helpful for determining whether older items might still be held or have been disposed of.
Federal Depository Library Information Web Sites
Web sites with more information on federal govenrments and how to locate them.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Search engine for federal publications with feature that locates documents in depository libraries.
FDLP Desktop offers more in-depth information on the depository library program and how to find resources disseminated through it. While it is devoted mostly to participating libraries, this may prove helpful for a hunt of the most difficult information.
Non-GPO resource for researching materials available throughout the depository library system. Also very technical, a resource for that document that is proving impossible to find and you have checked everywhere else.