Federal Depository Libraries

The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. It distributes materials in a variety of formats, including electronic, CD, microfiche, and paper. As part of its publishing program, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) distributes certain classes of Government documents free of cost to designated libraries throughout the United States and its territories.These libraries are known as Federal depository libraries.

Federal depository libraries must offer free, public access to their Federal collections, even if the depository library is part of a private academic institution. In addition, information specialists are available at these libraries to assist the American public to locate Federal information.

Use the map below to locate a local Federal depository library or use the advanced search.

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News & Events

September 24, 2021
Federal depository libraries across the Nation celebrated Constitution Day on September 17, with events, contests, giveaways,... Read More ...
September 23, 2021
The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) have formally launched a new eCFR website.... Read More ...
September 23, 2021
An Adelaide Hasse Story Map is now available. This resource celebrates and commemorates the great achievements of Adelaide Hasse, a... Read More ...
September 20, 2021
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) and MetaLib will undergo routine maintenance from Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at... Read More ...
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National Preparedness Month is an observance each September, designated by the Department of Homeland Security, to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. Check out these resources from the CGP:

Upcoming Events


The moment we’ve all been waiting for will be here soon! The U.S. Congressional Serial Set collection on govinfo will be released on September 28, 2021. The initial release will include select volumes from the 69th Congress, the 82nd Congress, and several 19th century Congresses.

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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Check out these resources from the CGP:

FDLP LibGuides offers guides for Spanish speakers.

If your library has LibGuides to share related to Hispanic Heritage or for Spanish speakers, please submit them at https://libguides.fdlp.gov/


On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery. Check out these CGP resources:

Learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation from the National Archives.


Steve Beleu served on the DLC from 2012 – 2015 as one of two regional depository librarians in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Steve retired at the end of June 2018, but continues to work on the Indian Serial Set. He has been a caver in Oklahoma's gypsum caves since 1991 and has participated in 183 cave trips to 80 caves.

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Applications are now being accepted for the first LSCM Pilot Project through September 30, 2021. Learn more

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