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Government Documents

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)


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Colleen Skinner
Director of the Law Library

Jacksonville University College of Law
76  S. Laura Street, 18th Floor
Office 18-024
Jacksonville, FL 32202

What are Government Documents?

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"The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. Every day the U.S. Government issues congressional bills, laws, regulations, presidential documents, studies, and more on a variety of topics. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)." (Source: FDLP Basics)

History of GPO's Federal Depository Library Program

Video source: USGPO YouTube Channel

Government Documents at the College of Law Library

Jacksonville University has been part of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1962. The library is a selective depository library of the Depository Library Program of the US Government Printing Office. As a selective depository, the library receives only publications it has designated as appropriate to its collections.

Documents are available for instant download from online indexing resources produced by the Government Printing Office and other agencies. Federal documents must be maintained in accordance with Title 44 U.S.C. 1901-1916, Instructions to Depository Libraries, Administrative Notes, and other rules and regulations issued by the US Congress Joint Committee on Printing and/or the Superintendent of Documents.