Government Documents

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Davis Library  has been a member of United States Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1966.  As a selective depository, Davis Library receives approximately 16% of the items distributed to participating libraries.  Many of these selected depository items are accessible on-site at Davis Library and many more are accessible through govinfo, a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GOP), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch. govinfo provides free access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. govinfo replaced the FDsys website in December 2018.

govinfo is more than just a website

In addition to providing an advanced, metadata-powered search experience, govinfo also includes a content management system and a standards-compliant preservation repository.

These three components comprise GPO's world-class system for the comprehensive management of electronic information:
  1. Public access - GPO combines modern search technology with extensive metadata creation to insure the highest quality search experience. Users can easily access documents for free by searching or browsing the mobile-friendly website.
  2. Content management - GPO securely controls digital content throughout its lifecycle to ensure content integrity and authenticity. This includes the application of digital signatures to PDF files so users can verity documents have not been altered and are the official versions.
  3. Digital preservation - GPO's standards-compliant preservation repository follows archival system standards and ensures content is preserved for future generations despite technical failure, again of hardware, or technological change.

GPO is seeking to become the first Federal agency to be named as a Trustworthy Digital Repository for Government information through certification under ISO 16363.

Davis Library provides free, equal and unrestricted access to government information for all of our library users both from our campus community and the general public. A copy of Davis Library's FDLP Internet Use Policy can be found by clicking here.  Davis Library also maintains a Government Documents LibGuide that provides additional help and resources for finding these essential research tools. If you need additional help finding or using our government resources, please Ask Us!

About the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program

Established by Congress and administered by the United States
Government Printing Office (GPO), the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is a network of almost 1,250 libraries located nationwide that are required by law (Title 44 USC) to provide free and unrestricted public access to federal government information.

The GPO produces a wide range of information products from all three branches of the Government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial), which are then made available to all federal depositories. 

Selective depositories, like the Davis Library, generally choose only the materials that they feel are best suited for their library users and target service areas.

Regional libraries, such as the State Library of Ohio, preserve and provide access to all information products disseminated by the GPO through the FDLP.  These types of federal depositories are located in each state to help ensure that the American public has adequate access to our Government’s information.

Other federal depositories located in Southeastern Ohio and the Tri-state area include:

Ohio University—Athens, OH
Shawnee State University—Portsmouth, OH
Marshall University—Huntington, WV
Ashland Community and Technical College—Ashland, KY

You may also search the Federal Documents Depository website by a clickable map to locate a depository library near you.