Homeland Security Digital Library

For November we are showcasing our partnership with the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. GPO entered this partnership in 2007.

The mission of the HSDL is to “strengthen national security of the United States by supporting federal, state, local, and tribal analysis, debate, and decision-making needs and to assist academics of all disciplines in homeland defense and security related research”–Securing the Homeland through the Power of Information.

The HSDL Full Collection is a database that provides access to over 93,500 documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. These documents come from a wide variety of sources including Federal, state, and local governments; international governments and institutions; nonprofit organizations; and private entities. HSDL has a subset collection, known as the Limited Collection; it provides open access to 49,400 U.S. Federal Government documents and academics theses.

The Content Team determines what is included in the HSDL. The Team is comprised of librarians from the Naval Postgraduate School's Dudley Knox Library and subject matter experts, many of whom are graduate students at the Monterey Institute for International Studies. Resources are evaluated for appropriateness, relevancy, and whether permission to hold and/or post can be obtained. The Content Team also manages the metadata for the content, and they often write the abstracts for resources.

The HSDL Collection and the News Digest Collection are available to homeland security officials and academics for research, analysis, and policy and strategy development and to U.S. citizens who are officials of any level of government, U.S. military members, homeland security researchers, and academics and security staff protecting organizations vital to U.S. infrastructure.

Depository libraries that are academic or Federal agency libraries have the option of gaining access to the entire collection through IP authentication. All other depositories may have access through a user name and password. Details on how to request access is available here.

Users can gain full access through:

  • An individual account: a password-protected account, tailored and personalized to users’ interests, allowing for easy access from anywhere and anytime   
  • Organization-wide access: allows eligible U.S. Government agencies and U.S. research institutions to direct access without login information

Highlights of the HSDL Collection

HSDL continuously highlights important policy and strategy documents. These highlighted documents serve as a helpful way to display information that users can spot and access when needed. In addition, on a biweekly basis, the HSDL identifies a targeted collection of documents that have been recently released of any specific interest.

Examples from the HSDL Collection

Strategy Documents:

  • National Drug Control Strategy 2010
  • National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports:

  • Libya: Unrest and U.S. Policy
  • Immigration Legislation and Issues in the 112th Congress
  • Future of the Eurozone and U.S. Interests

This is a collaborative effort; users have the opportunity to e-mail recommendations of documents, media, or links to the HSDL team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to keep track of new and important items from the HSDL, follow them on Twitter @hslibrary.

Partnership Showcase

Read about previously highlighted partners in our Partnership Showcase Archive.

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FDLP Connection Archive

We have sunsetted the FDLP Connection with the July / August 2018 issue and will not be publishing the Connection anymore. We’ve enjoyed bringing the FDLP Connection to the community over the years! You can still view past issues. View full archive (2011-2018).