This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)". The FSU Libraries was designated a Federal Depository Library in 1941 and serves the 2nd United States Congressional District of the state of Florida. Information about the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) may be found here.
FSU Libraries physical spaces will close beginning Thursday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m. until further notice. We will not be able to provide access to physical items in our Federal, United Nations, and State of Florida depository collections at this time. For more information on how to find resources online, please check out the Searching for Gov Info Online tab on this research guide.
For U.S Government resources on Covid-19, please visit the following sites:
Government documents are official publications produced by
any government agency, such as the Federal government, a state agency or the
United Nations. They come in a variety of physical formats, including books,
periodicals, maps, microfiche, CD-ROMs, videotapes, and in electronic format on
2.What is in the
Federal documents collection?
Strozier Library receives many of the publications available
through the Federal Depository Program. Subjects covered include aeronautics,
business, demographics, education, energy, environment, foreign affairs,
government policy and programs, health, natural resources, technology and
more.We have publications issued by the
first Congress and by all subsequent congresses, and publications from every
cabinet level department and most other administrative agencies.
3.How do I search
for Federal documents?
Most Federal documents received since 1990 can be found
through the online catalog.Documents
issued since 1895 can also be identified through The Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications issued by
the Government Printing Office.The
table under the "Uncataloged material" tab lists other places to locate documents that are not in our online
U.S. government-sponsored research and worldwide scientific,
technical, engineering, and business-related information can be identified
through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), at http://www.ntis.gov or possibly from here.
4.How do I find
Federal documents on the shelf?
Practically all of the Federal documents are shelved in
compact stacks or microfiche cabinets in the Basement of Strozier Library,
which areaccessibleall hours Strozier Library is open.Most Federal documents are arranged by
issuing agency using the call number system created by the Superintendent of
SuDoc numbers are in three parts, separated by a period and
a colon, and often include slashes. The part before the period represents the
agency responsible for the publication, the part between the period and the
colon describes the series or type of publication, and that after the colon
identifies the individual piece. Click on the "By agency" tab of this guide for more detailed information.
2016 End of Term Presidential Web Archive Now Available
Due to increased public interest (between fall 2016 & spring 2017) to preserve and document U.S. Government web content at the end of the Obama Presidential term, the Federal Government’s End of Term (EOT) Web Archive partners, in collaboration with other efforts like DataRefuge, and Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), have archived over 200 Terabytes of websites and data. There are current ~ 50,000 available for searching and browsing through the EOT Web Archive project page, and the Internet Archive Collection page.
Federal Inspectors General launch portal to share reports from across government:
https://www.oversight.gov/, announced by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, brings together past and brand-new reports from the 73 agency IGs whose reports are often classified.