The government documents collection includes publications in print, electronic, and microfiche formats. Connecticut College has been a part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1926. Through this program the library has acquired a wide range of United States government documents that support teaching and research across the disciplines.
Our catalog includes records for 135,000 print documents, and some 30,000 in electronic format, not including those that can be accessed through our database subscriptions. As a selective depository, we currently select 34% of all documents available to depository libraries. We also collect Connecticut state documents.
Several hundred new documents are typically added to our collection each month depending on the activity of the Government Printing Office (GPO), including their ability to find and catalog recent publications from government agencies that do not necessarily report their latest activity. The vast majority of these new documents, now some 97%, are published in electronic format, or born digital.
The print collection is located on the lower-level of Charles E. Shain Library. While not all documents are represented in the Library Catalog, it is still the best place to start your search. The Connecticut State Library is the regional depository for our area. And we are all encouraged to make use of their collections and services.
All are welcome to use the Government Documents collection during regular library hours. There are stand-up computer terminals available for guest access on the main floor of the library, as well as on the lower level near the print collection of documents. For more information on guest use of library facilities, please see the Shain Library Policies.
Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the United States Code (44 USC 19) deals specifically with the national depository library program. Section 1911 pertains to free public use:
"Depository libraries shall make Government publications available for the free use of the general public."
To that effect, I am your main point of contact if you need help finding government information. Please contact me directly if you need special accommodations. My contact information is available in the box at the top-right side of this screen.
The Government Documents librarian is available for:
Please use the contact information in the box above to get in touch.