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About the Program

Federal Documents Depository

The Indiana State Library is a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program. This depository library program is administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) through which selected U.S. government documents are made available in libraries throughout the country.

The depository library system is a long established cooperative program between the federal government and designated major libraries throughout the United States. Certain classes of government documents are distributed free of cost to those libraries for the purpose of making such documents accessible to the American public.

The United States government is the largest publisher in the world. It distributes materials in a variety of formats, including electronic, CD, microfiche, and paper. In addition to Congressional bills and presidential documents, the GPO distributes pamphlets describing national parks and how to grow tomatoes, magazines like "Aging" and "Monthly Labor Review," and books on the history of the Revolutionary War and exhibition catalogs from the Smithsonian Institution.

As part of this publishing program the GPO sends documents to over 1300 depository libraries throughout the United States. Designated "depository libraries" receive materials free from the GPO. There are 32 depositories in Indiana. All but one of the libraries are selective depositories. They "select" the materials most useful to the citizens of their community and are required to make the publications available to the public.

Supplementing the selective depositories is the document collection at the Indiana State Library. The Indiana State Library receives all of the federal documents distributed through the federal depository library program. It is the regional depository of federal documents for the state.

The Indiana State Library's collection of federal documents dates from 1789. The Library was officially designated as a state regional depository for federal government publications in 1963. In the past, documents were not generally included in our Online Catalog.  However, we are currently adding federal documents to the catalog and many can be found through an online search. You can also find information about federal documents on the State Library's Fed Docs Blog.

There are a variety of sources available for locating federal documents.  Those that were distributed through the federal depository library program since January 1994 can be identified using the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications or GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDSys). Federal documents distributed before 1994 can be identified by consulting a number of print format bibliographic finding aids, indexes, catalogs, and checklists. Many may be borrowed through regular circulation or Interlibrary Loan.

Federal Depository Libraries in Indiana

Anderson University (765) 641-4275

Indiana University (812) 855-6924
Indiana University School of Law (812) 855-4611

Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library (812) 428-8239
University of Southern Indiana (812) 464-1920

Fort Wayne
Allen County Public Library (260) 421-1200 ext. 2153
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (260) 481-6506

Gary Public Library (219) 886-2484
Indiana University Northwest (219) 980-6946

Depauw University (765) 658-4427

Hammond Public Library (219) 931-5100 ext. 328

Hanover College (812) 866-7162

Huntington University (260) 359-4062

Indiana State Library (317) 232-3678
Indiana Supreme Court (317) 233-8692
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis (317) 274-1932
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (317) 274-0469
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (317) 269-1733

Indiana University Kokomo (765) 455-9437

Ball State University (765) 285-1110

New Albany
Indiana University Southeast (812) 941-2552

Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame (574) 631-6043
University of Notre Dame Law School (574) 631-5922

Earlham College (765) 983-1363
Morrison Reeves Library (765) 966-8291 ext. 27

South Bend
Indiana University South Bend (574) 237-4442

Terre Haute
Indiana State University (812) 237-3946

Valparaiso University (219) 464-5771
Valparaiso University School of Law (219) 465-7866

West Lafayette
Purdue University (765) 494-2837

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