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Government Documents Department of the Law Library

a Federal Depository Library since 1978

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Government Documents Librarian

Our Collection

The Indiana University Law Library in Bloomington has been a Congressionally designated participant in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1978 selecting approximately 22% of the material available through this program. The vast majority of the documents in our collection originate from the FDLP. The documents collection is particularly strong in areas of civil rights, environmental law with comprehensive acquisition of justice, judiciary and legislative material.

The FDLP and Library Users

The Federal Depository Library Program is based on an agreement between the Government Printing Office (GPO) and participating libraries nationwide to make U.S. government information, regardless of format, accessible to the public and to assure future access to this information. The participating depository library selects and receives government information free of charge from GPO and, in return, agrees to make this information freely accessible to the public.

Selection of government information in the I.U. Law Library is based on the needs of its primary users, the I.U. Law School Community. However, the Law Library welcomes anyone who wants to use the Documents Collection during regular library hours without restriction of use.

Law Library Internet Use Policy

The Law Library offers the general public free access to online federal government information provided through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), following the principles of free access provided in 44 U.S.C. § 1911.

Computer Access: Three computer workstations in the library lobby are designated for research use by the general public. Ask for the guest login credentials at the circulation desk. Printing to a networked laser printer is available. Please see a reference librarian for research assistance.

Finding Documents in the Library

  • The primary federal documents collection is housed on the fourth floor of the Library and is arranged by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification system.

  • Selected government publications are shelved in the Reference Section on the first floor.

  • Heavily used recent periodical titles are shelved with the unbound periodicals in the Overnight Reserve Section on the First Floor.

  • The Library has a small collection of ephemeral U.S. Government publications maintained in a pamphlet file, arranged by the SuDocs classification system. These materials are not cataloged in IUCAT (the online catalog). Please see the Documents Librarian for assistance with materials in the pamphlet file.

  • The Library houses many government documents collections in microfiche format, including the Serial Set, Congressional bills, CRS Major Studies and Issue Briefs, CIS Committee hearings and prints, and other CIS series, among others. Use the Microforms Finding List to locate microfiche collections.

  • Government publication titles may be accessed through IUCAT and are indexed in a variety of specialized publications found in the Reference section of the Library. Please ask a librarian for assistance if you are uncertain about which resource to use.

  • In addition to traditional publications housed within the building, the Law Library provides Internet access to FDsys and other government-related Internet sites offering the full text of legislative and agency materials.