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Government Information: Government Information

A guide to finding and navigating the Vassar College collection of U.S. Federal Government Publications. This guide borrows from similar ones by Kelly Smith at UCSD & Anne Zaid at Northwestern University.

About the Federal Depository Library Program

"The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).
Since 1813, select U.S. Government documents have been made available throughout the United States and its territories to designated libraries. These designated libraries are called 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." (From "Federal Depository Libraries" FDLP Desktop)


Collection Policies

Public access to documents received through the FDLP is guaranteed by U.S. law. Please see the Library's policy covering Visitor Access or contact Rachel Finn, Social Sciences Librarian, with specific questions regarding the federal documents collection.



Government Documents at Vassar

Vassar College has been part of the federal depository program since 1943 receiving all publications available through program. In 1973, we became a selective depository reducing the number of publications we receive. Today we receive 53% of publications from various agencies distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program. Our collection strengths are women, labor, international relations, U.S. demographics, legislation, and public policy. Materials come in a variety of formats including print volumes; microfilm and microfiche; CD/DVD/Videocassette; and online.

The majority of our government documents collection is located in the basement of the Thompson Memorial Library in Stack 1. Call numbers for government documents may be searched in the Vassar Library Catalog