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Government Information

General guide to Government Information from RSU Libraries

Federal Publications

 

 

Rogers State University Library has been a Congressionally-designated depository for U.S. Government documents in the Federal Depository Library Program since 2006.  It is a selective depository which means we choose the series of documents we wish to receive.  Currently we select approximately 17% of the publications available from the Government Printing Office, which is in charge of the depository library program.  Selections are made based primarily on the curriculum of the University, then on areas of public interest.

U.S. and state government documents in our collection are searchable via the library's online catalog.

These publications provide information useful in many fields, including business, economics, education, history, law, and science.

Some federal documents are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents Classification System (SuDocs) which groups publications by authoring agency.  A detailed explanation of this system can be found at the FDLP website.


 

What is the FDLP?

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).

Since 1813, select U.S. Government documents have been made available throughout the United States and its territories to designated libraries. These designated libraries are called Federal depository libraries.

As members of the FDLP, depository libraries play a prominent role in providing Federal Government information to the public. FDLP libraries collaborate on a local and national level to provide informed access to both historical and current Federal Government resources distributed through the FDLP and deposited in libraries across the country.

Anyone can visit Federal depository libraries and use the Federal depository collections which are filled with information on careers, business opportunities, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics, and numerous other subjects.

The authority for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the legal requirements of designated Federal depository libraries are found in Title 44 United States Code §§1901‐1916.

https://www.fdlp.gov/fdlp-basics


Oklahoma Publications

 

Rogers State University Library is one of more than 17 Oklahoma libraries participating in the Oklahoma Publications Clearinghouse (OPC) program, the purpose of which is to ensure free and public access to state agency documents. The OPC  was created in 1978 by legislation to establish the state publications depository system. State publications cover a wide range of topics from agriculture to vital statistics. Oklahoma Documents held by RSU are searchable in the library's online catalog.