Did you know that Myrin Library has been part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1963? Since being designated a selective federal depository library in 1963 for the 13th (now 4th) Congressional district, Myrin Library has been receiving, maintaining, and providing free access to government information from all three branches of the federal government as well as from federal agencies, distributed via the Government Publishing Office (GPO). The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress, initially in 1813, and then further strengthened by laws enacted in 1895 and 1962, to ensure free access to Government information for the American general public.
Titles collected by Myrin Library as part of the Federal Depository Library Program include: Foreign Relations of the United States, Health United States, Journal of the House of Representatives, Minerals Yearbook, Public Papers of the Presidents, Senate Journal, United States Code, United States Reports, as well as series such as the Cultural Landscape Reports and Historic Resource Studies from the National Park Service. All of these titles as well as many more print government documents can be located in the Library Catalog.
It is now estimated that 95% of government information published by the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and other federal agencies are available online. Myrin Library connects to these resources through its Discovery tool “UC Resources”, and through Libguides such as “U.S. Government Information”. Periodically, webinars are administered by the Federal Depository Library Program to educate about online government information resources. If you are interested in attending these webinars, or delving more into government information via presentations or research consultations, please contact Kerry Gibson, Collection Management Librarian and Federal Depository Library Program Coordinator, and she’ll be happy to help navigate your way through these valuable resources!