United States Government Documents
About the collection
United States Government Documents are issued by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) or by individual departments and agencies within the U.S. Government in paper, microfiche and/or electronic format. As the Regional Depository for U.S. documents in the State of Georgia, the University of Georgia Libraries receives and permanently retains all publications made available to depository libraries under the GPO's Federal Depository Library Program. Most documents of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches are included in this program. The Libraries also maintains a collection of non-depository publications beginning with those issued in 1953.
Many U.S. Government Documents can be located through GIL, the Libraries' online catalog; however, please be advised that records for most items published prior to 1976 do not yet have records in GIL. If you have a question about whether the Libraries own a specific document please contact the Map and Government Information Library for assistance.
Locations of documents at UGA
The U.S. documents are housed on the 2nd floor of either the Main or Science Library. The location is determined by the issuing agency with most of the documents of a scientific or technical nature being housed in the Science Library.
Most U.S. government produced maps as well as electronic spatial data resources are housed at the Map Library. Select U.S. documents, including some Census Bureau publications, are housed on the 1st floor of the Main Library in the Reference area. Additionally, some documents housed at the Repository.
- Documents housed at the Main Library:
Publications of agencies of economic, educational, statistical interest, etc; e.g. Congress, National Park Service, State Department, Department of Labor, Census Bureau, Department of Education
- Documents housed at the Science Library:
Publications of agencies of agricultural, scientific, or technical interest; e.g., Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, U.S. Geological Survey
- List of Documents housed at the Repository:
U.S. documents are shelved according to the U.S. Superintendent of Documents Classification System. The prefix J84 is added to this number to complete the call number used in this collection. For assistance in locating government documents please contact the Reference department.