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Government Information: FDLP Basics

Find government information to help with your research: historical documents, statistics, agencies, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and more.

Federal Depository Library Program

     Jefferson College Library is a congressionally designated selective depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (U.S.C. Title 44, Sections 1710 and 1711).

     The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government’s information. GPO administers the FDLP on behalf of the participating libraries and the public. Information products from the Federal Government are disseminated to these nationwide libraries that, in turn, ensure the American public has free access to the materials, both in print and online. The official version of launched in December 2018 and was developed to provide free access to government information from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Access to the print collection and use of our public access computers are both available during all hours of operation. Chat reference assistance is available during additional evening, weekend, and holiday hours. For a list of days closed, regular, chat, and special hours see our HOURS page.

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Government Documents Libguides

Jefferson College Library benefits from our connections to other  Federal depository libraries. Please explore some of these wonderful guides from our fellow librarians.

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FDLP Basic Collection-Essential Links to U.S. Government Information

GovInfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch.

GovInfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

James Madison

"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps, both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."  ~ James Madison 1822

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Government Documents in Print

Our print collection contains many Government documents both in the general collection of titles (organized by Library of Congress classification--LC Call Numbers) and in the Federal Depository Collection (organized by both LC Call Numbers and by Superintendent of Document Numbers, or SuDoc Numbers). To search for government documents use our online catalog Archway.