Government Information Department
The Government Information Department catalogs, shelves, maintains, and provides access to valuable material received from the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Comprised of print, media, visual, and digital materials, the collection includes publications in many subject areas and from various Federal entities, such as the Department of Education, U.S. Congress, Justice Department, and others. Materials can be located by checking GIL-Find, the library’s online catalog. The Government Information department is located on the second floor of Reese Library.
Introduction to the FDLP
The Federal Depository Library Program originated in the early 1800s when a joint resolution of Congress directed that additional copies of the House and Senate Journals and other documents be printed and distributed to institutions outside the Federal establishment.
Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the United States Code is the authority for the establishment and operation of the Federal Depository Library Program. The legal responsibilities of Federal depository libraries fall into two broad categories:
- Providing free public access to Federal Government information
- Providing for the proper maintenance of the depository materials entrusted to the individual depository’s care
Reese Library was designated as a depository in 1962. The Depository supports the general collecting activities of GRU Libraries, the constituency in the 12th U.S. Congressional District, and all the citizens of the CSRA and the state. These activities are done in accordance with the requirements defined in the Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program and the Regional Depository State Plan.