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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)

Collection Location

Lower level of the Swisher Library.


Colleen Skinner, Law Librarian
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)

Government Documents at the Swisher Library

Jacksonville University has been part of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1962. Through this program the Swisher Library has acquired a wide range of United States government documents that are essential in supporting teaching and research in many of our academic departments, schools, and programs. 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.

U.S. Documents can be located by title in the library catalog. Many documents are available for instant download from online indexing resources produced by the Government Printing Office and other agencies. Physical documents are located on the lower level of the library. 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.

In addition to being a Federal Depository Library, the Swisher Library is also a Florida Depository Library dating back to 1968 and houses documents selected as depository items by the State Library of Florida. Many items, including Laws of Florida and The Florida Statutes (with volumes going back fifty years), are part of the Florida Documents collection. All Florida depositories receive the same documents. The collection is maintained separately from other library collections using a unique alphanumeric system based on the issuing state agency. Florida documents must be maintained according to Florida Statutes, Chapter 257.05 and corresponding references in the Florida Administrative Code.

Many of the degree programs at Jacksonville University can directly benefit from the various sections of the Government Documents department.  In the Federal documents area, the NROTC program will find a wealth of information in the Department of Defense category.  Public Policy students will find informative information in the Justice Department and Executive Office of the President sections.  Aviation majors will benefit from FAA information found in the Treasury Department section. Students in the Marine Science field should see the Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences resources in the Smithsonian Institution section. 

Likewise, many students will benefit from the resources available in the Florida State Documents department, as well.  Education students can benefit from the Education publications from the state of Florida.  Nursing students will find valuable resources in the Healthcare Administration section.  For Business students, there is a vast amount of data in the Legal and Secretary of State sections. Public Policy students may benefit from the publications in the Public Service section.