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Government Publications at the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona Library (U of A) was designated a Federal Depository in 1907 and, for the European Union Documents since 1974. The Library collects United Nations Publications dating from 1946. Extensive current and archival collections of Arizona State and local publications are located in Special Collections. This Library also serves the government information needs of the 7th and 8th U.S. Congressional Districts of Arizona.  In 2005, the University of Arizona Libraries became the official GPO "Virtual" Federal Depository Library.

 

The University of Arizona Federal Publications Collection

The UA Libraries is one of more than 1300 libraries across the nation designated by Congress as a depository library. Under this special status, the UA Libraries receive and provide access to variety of the resources issued by U.S. government agencies. The Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. acts as a clearinghouse for these agencies, gathering and shipping their publications to the depository libraries.

 

The U.S. government is the world's most prolific publisher, producing books, journals, pamphlets, and reports on almost every conceivable subject. Strengths of the federal documents collection include political science, U.S. history, technology, statistics and demographics, education, health sciences, climatology, agriculture, social sciences, and business.
 
Maps received through the federal depository system are housed in the Main Library Map Collection,. U.S. patent and trademark publications, Transportation, EPA, and Energy resources are available in the Science and Engineering Library.
 

Access to the Federal Documents Collection

Federal documents are shelved by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification system which groups material by the issuing agency (such as the Department of Agriculture or Education) rather than by subject. Specific documents are located by using the UA Library Catalog and/or online and paper indexes. A specialized index to federal publications is the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications which has been published by the Government Printing Office since 1895. Other specialized online indexes to the documents collection include the Congressional Information Service (CIS) indexes (Congressional publications and reports). The American Statistics Index (ASI) indexes and abstracts statistical material published by all federal government agencies. ASI, which began publication in 1973, provides access not only to depository publications, but to many other government sources containing statistics. All publications indexed in ASI that are not distributed through the depository system are available as part of a microfiche collection located in Government Documents Service. ASI is also an excellent index for reports from the Bureau of Census.
 

Many federal government agencies are issuing information in electronic formats via CD-ROM and the Internet. In addition, the Government Printing office has developed GPO Access, a collection of full text databases covering Congressional and other agencies' documents.
 

Depository Libraries

The Depository Library system was established to provide the general public with the means of examining annual reports, statistics, research studies and other materials produced by federal agencies. As the Federal Government has grown and developed, so has the Depository Library system.
 

Some libraries in the United States are now part of this system. Of these, 51 are Regional Depository Libraries which receive all publications available for distribution through the U.S. Government Printing Office. The remaining libraries choose only those categories of documents which best develop their collections and serve their public.
 
When a library is designated a Federal Depository, it becomes part of a national network. This network helps United States citizens understand their government and its activities by making available publications issued by various government agencies. 
 
Select the appropriate category for a directory of Federal Depository Libraries:
 
Depository Collection Holdings:
 
The Library holds nearly 2 million paper and microform Federal Publications among its collections. The vast majority of paper items are housed on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. The maps are mostly housed on the first floor except for those located in Special Collections. Patent and Trademark Publications, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), and Energy Microfilms, are housed in the Science and Engineering Library.
 
The Libraries collections are particularly strong in statistical materials and congressional publications. Census publications printed reports from all decennial population censuses, 1790 to the present, and reports are from all quinquennial economic and agriculture censuses from 1940 to the present. The Libraries holdings of Congressional Publications--including the Congressional Record and its predecessors; hearings, committee prints, reports, documents, and laws from 1789.
 
The documents collection also features a number of significant historical works such as:
  • The War of the Rebellion
  • The U.S. Army in World War II
  • Public Papers of the Presidents
  • American State Papers
  • Commissioner of Indian Affairs Annual Report
  • Indian Claims Commission

 

Access to Federal Government Resources

Federal documents are shelved by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification system which groups material by the issuing agency (such as the Department of Agriculture or Education) rather than by subject. Specific documents are located by using the UA Library Catalog and/or online and paper indexes. A specialized index to federal publications is the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications which has been published by the Government Printing Office since 1895. Other specialized online indexes to the documents collection include the Congressional Information Service (CIS) indexes (Congressional publications and reports). The American Statistics Index (ASI) indexes and abstracts statistical material published by all federal government agencies. ASI, which began publication in 1973, provides access not only to depository publications, but to many other government sources containing statistics. All publications indexed in ASI that are not distributed through the depository system are available as part of a microfiche collection located in Government Documents Service. ASI is also an excellent index for reports from the Bureau of Census.
 

Many federal government agencies are issuing information in electronic formats via CD-ROM and the Internet. In addition, the Government Printing office has developed GPO Access, a collection of full text databases covering Congressional and other agencies' documents.
 
The Libraries Government Documents home page address is: http://www.library.arizona.edu/about/libraries/govdocs/index.html.
This page points to the GPO web page and to gateways to GPOAccess.
 

Other Resources:

To further enhance access and research capabilities, the Libraries have acquired large commercial paper indexes, microform collections, and electronic full text databases such as: Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, International Statistics, Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations 1789-1969, U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings, Reports, and Documents, Unpublished House and Senate Hearings and Committee Prints. 
 

Selected Electronic Resources Included:

 

Hours & Services:

Reference services for the Government Publications are provided from the Main (Information Commons) and Science Library reference desks. The documents collection is accessible whenever the library is open.