National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information

The National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information is a geographically dispersed collection of the corpus of Federal Government public information, accessible to the public at no cost. The development, maintenance, and preservation of the National Collection is critical to providing free, ready, and permanent public access to Federal Government information, now and for future generations.

What’s in the National Collection?

The scope of the National Collection is all public information products of the U.S. Government, regardless of format or medium, produced by Federal employees or paid for with Federal funds. Declassified materials and materials whose privacy considerations have expired are also included. The Cataloging & Indexing Program endeavors to develop a comprehensive national bibliography of U.S. Government public information, accessible through the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

GPO does not have a tangible collection, and instead relies on Federal depository libraries to serve as stewards for all of the materials distributed in tangible format throughout the history of the Federal Depository Library Program. Materials deposited in Federal depository libraries remain the property of the Federal Government and are provided at GPO expense.

GPO curates a digital collection, including publications ingested in govinfo (GPO’s ISO 16363 certified Trustworthy Digital Repository), content harvested by GPO, and content hosted on Federal agency websites. GPO partners help build the digital collection by contributing digitally reformatted content for ingest into govinfo, or hosting digital content in their own repositories.

Regional depositories coordinate collections within their area served to ensure timely access to Government resources for all users. Regional depositories can share collections and responsibilities by establishing shared regional depository libraries. Regional depositories assist selective libraries in withdrawal of depository material by establishing processes and procedures that align with FDLP retention requirements.

Preservation Stewards are GPO partners that commit to preserving select tangible depository resources and take on additional responsibilities for preserving depository materials that are preservation copies of record. GPO’s goal is to have every publication distributed in tangible format committed for preservation.

Collections are developed and managed in response to institutional, community, and user needs and interest. Ensuring future generations have access to Government information requires collaboration at both the regional and national level, and in coordination with GPO.


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