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Government Documents and Information

U.S. Government Documents

logo for federal depository libraryU.S. Government Documents at Walker Library

Access to Government Documents

Federal depository materials can be used in the library by all MTSU students, faculty and staff and the general public. Much of the material also circulates, but there are some restrictions depending on format or patron status.

Materials in Walker Library

Federal depository items are found in various locations in Walker Library. Many items can be found in the Main collection on the 3rd or 4th floors or Reference collection on the 1st floor. They are shelved by Dewey Decimal numbers. Most maps are shelved in the Reference collection in the map case or on te Reference shelves. Micorfiche are located on the 2nd floor in the Digital Media Studio and are filed by SuDoc number. Print congressional materials are in the Government documents area on the first floor behind the periodical volumes near the Tutoring Center and are shelved by SuDoc number.

FDLP Internet Use Policy

The Walker Library provides the public with free access to government information available on the internet without age or residency restrictions in accordance with the FDLP Internet Use Policy Guidelines and MTSU'sInformation Technology Resources Policy.

About the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

The Walker Library is a selective Federal Depository Library. The Regional Depository for Tennessee is at the University of Memphis which receives 100% of FDLP materials. Depository libraries do not actually own the material, but are required to preserve it, provide access, and make it available for use.

Government Printing Office (GPO)

The Government Printing Office (GPO) distributes materials to depository libraries based on selection criteria. Depository libraries select materials using item numbers. These numbers may correspond to one title or multiple titles and may be distinguished by format. All depository titles are assigned a Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification number by GPO. SuDoc classification is based on government agency rather than subject. Both the item number and SuDoc number are useful identifying numbers for Government Document materials. Electronic materials may be part of our selection list and managed by the FDLP. The library catalog can be used to search government documents, including electronic resources. For more information about the program see the FDLP's website and GPO's website