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Government Documents at ESU

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Federal Depository Library

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ESU's Kemp Library is a depository for United States and Pennsylvania state government documents.  In 1966, Kemp Library was congressionally designated as a federal depository library in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The FDLP is administered by the Government Publishing Office (GPO).

What are government documents? 

  • Title 44 of the U.S. Code defines a government publication as an "informational matter which is published as an individual document at Government expense, or as required by law."
  • Libraries do not collect everything published by the government; The FDLP has a specified scope, which does not include classified or strictly administrative documents. 
  • Examples of government documents: reports, hearings, books, pamphlets, magazines, maps, etc.

What types of government documents can I find at Kemp Library? 

As a selective depository within the FDLP, Kemp Library may chose what publications and formats (print, online, microfiche) are housed in the collection.  Currently, the collections contain documents in print, electronic (i.e. online linked in this guide and in Primo Library Catalog), and microfiche (you'll need to use the microform reader on the main floor).  Kemp Library strives to align government document collections with ESU curriculum and local research interests (i.e. Tocks Island Dam controversy). 

How do I access it? 

The Government Document collections are currently located on the lower level of Kemp Library.  Ask for help at the Circulation Desk or the Government Documents Office before browsing.  

Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).  You can access government documents...

  • Online: Search for ESU's cataloged documents in Primo Library Catalog.
  • Online: Search the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications for GPO's document records.
  • Get help from a librarian: 
    • Email your research question to the depository coordinator, Michelle Donlin (contact information on the left). She can assist you via email or schedule a research consultation in person.  
    • Ask for a librarian at the Circulation Desk and we'll help you find what you're looking for.