Government Documents

Government documents symbolThe Federal Depository Program originated in the early 1800's with a joint resolution from Congress mandating that additional copies of the House and Senate Journals and other documents be printed and distributed to various institutions outside the federal government. From that beginning, the Federal Depository Library Program has grown to a system of close to 1,400 depository libraries. This includes public, academic, and other libraries across the nation. Today, many government publications are also available online.


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Government Documents at Beeghly Library

Beeghly Library has been a depository library since 1964. Each year we receive approximately 3,800 paper documents, 7,000 microfiche, 60 CD-Roms, and 25-50 maps and posters. Currently we have more than 119,000 documents in our collection. Most are housed on the 2nd floor of the library. The government CD-Roms are located in the Montague Research Room.  As a selective Depository Library, Beeghly Library provides access to a Basic Collection of documents, as well as ones that cater to our academic and community needs. The library catalog identifies print and electronic documents.

Search the Monthly Catalog of Government Publications by subject or title to find documents on your topic, or search some of the sites listed below. Many publications available online are linked to OPAL, our online catalog.

  • GPO Access - GPO's Home Page
  • State Library of Ohio -- Government Information
  • -- links to government sites
  • Monthly Catalog on the web
  • Ohio Documents
  • State of Ohio Home Page
  • Legislative and Congressional Information
  • Library of Congress
  • Census Bureau

The list below highlights some of the Government Documents received by Beeghly Library. For information on other titles and subjects see a Reference Librarian.

  • Agricultural Statistics
  • Astronomical Almanac
  • Budget of the United States Government
  • Census Documents
  • Commerce Business Daily
  • Congressional Record
  • Federal Register
  • National Trade Data Bank on CD Rom in the Montague Research Room
  • Projections of Education Statistics
  • Various I.R.S. Publications