Government Documents Access Policy

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)

As a Federal Depository Library, the public has free access to any government publication in Trexler Library. Most government documents are listed in the Library’s online catalog. Most depository documents are shelved in open stacks and are available during the Library’s normal service hours. Some documents have been relocated to the Rare Book Room and are available from personnel at the Reference Desk or Special Collections, on Level B of the Library. Some print publications do not circulate, most specifically decennial Census materials and legislative titles, i.e. Federal Register, Congressional Record and others. These materials, however, are shelved in the open stacks, freely accessible to the public, but limited to in-library use only. Printer and scan stations are available, as are microfilm and microfiche reader-printers. Unmediated, electronic access to government publications and information is available by several means:

Most hard copy government publications may circulate to the public. The following policies apply:

Please ask at the Information Services desk if you need help with accessing and locating government documents.

Rev. 7/2011