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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Find government information to help with your research: historical documents, statistics, agencies, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and more.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. (Title 44 United States Code). In 2014 we celebrated our 30th anniversary as a depository library and our unique combination of serving the local community and our College garnered attention from the Government Publishing Office in its 2015 profile of our services.

     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.

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

U.S. Citizenship Test

Here are some of the questions from the U.S. citizenship test. Test your knowledge.

How many members of the House of Representatives are there?
100: 1 votes (7.14%)
400: 1 votes (7.14%)
50: 0 votes (0%)
435: 12 votes (85.71%)
Total Votes: 14
What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
liberty and justice: 1 votes (9.09%)
right to remain silent: 0 votes (0%)
life and pursuit of happiness: 8 votes (72.73%)
liberty and freedom: 2 votes (18.18%)
Total Votes: 11
What is "rule of law"?
Everyone must follow the law: 0 votes (0%)
No one is above the law: 2 votes (18.18%)
Government must follow the law: 0 votes (0%)
All of the above: 9 votes (81.82%)
Total Votes: 11

Government Documents in Print

Our 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.

FDLP Basic Collection

FDLP Presentation

Ashley Dahlen's presentation to Jefferson College Library staff (March 6, 2018) on the Federal Depository Library Program, and the importance of access to government information in a thriving democracy. Ashley is an outreach librarian for the GPO.

Research Assistance

Government Documents Librarian:

Lisa Pritchard


Phone: 636-481-3160


FDLP Basic Collection