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  Government Documents
FDLP Government Documents are materials that have been published by an official office or agency of a government. The United States government is the largest publisher in the world, publishing thousands of items a year on wide range of topics in a variety of formats. Government Documents include laws and treaties, consumer materials, Presidential documents, Congressional hearings, Census publications, and research reports. Government information comes in many formats including books, pamphlets, maps, microfiche, and webpages.

St. Cloud State University is a partial depository in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Established by Congress in 1813 to ensure that the American public has access to the information it produced, the FDLP provides Government Documents to depository libraries throughout the country at no cost. In return, depository libraries collect, organize, maintain, preserve, and assist users with information from the Federal Government.

The Government Documents collection at St. Cloud State University is located in James W. Miller Learning Resources Center. Print government publications are shelved basement west. Maps and microfiche are located on the first floor west. Government Documents are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents (SUDOCS) classification system. This system is based on government organization rather than subjects, which keeps all publications from the same department or agency together.

The Government Documents collection can be searched through MnPALS, the library's online catalog. Most Government publications circulate and may be checked out at the Circulation Desk located on the first floor west of the Miller Center. Items not available at St. Cloud State University may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

The Federal Government is making an increasing amount of information available online. Many electronic Government publications can be accessed through MnPALS. Additionally, numerous websites organize and facilitate access to online Government information. The Government Information page provides an annotated list of some of these sites.

State of Minnesota St. Cloud State University is also a depository for publications of the State of Minnesota. Many documents are available in print and microfiche in the Government Publications areas. The State of Minnesota currently provides online access to its publications. Minnesota NorthStar is the directory to state government information and services.

Assistance with Government Documents is available to help students, faculty, staff, and community members. Reference Librarians can assist with Government Documents research questions. For specialized assistance, contact Michael Gorman, Government Documents Coordinator, at or 320.308.2028.


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