Government Publications

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Briggs Library is designated as a selective Federal Depository Program Library. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its government’s information. Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public’s right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government. The FDLP provides government information at no cost to designated depository libraries, throughout the country and territories. These depository libraries, in turn, provide local, no-access to government information and in an impartial environment with professional assistance.

In addition to the print Government Publications items, participation in the Depository Program means that electronic access to a wealth of government information is available through the Pounce catalog. To limit your search just to government publications, choose “Government Documents” from the drop-down “Material Type” menu in Pounce Advanced Search.