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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Federal Depository Libraries and Government Information and Resources

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The Government Documents Collection contains resources from various federal government agencies.



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The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public's right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government. The FDLP provides Government information at no cost to designated depository libraries throughout the country and territories. These depository libraries, in turn, provide local, no-fee access to Government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance.

Memorial Library is a "selective" depository, acquiring 67% of the publications available through the depository library program. Selection is based on the perceived educational, informational, and recreational needs of the university community and the region at large and is intended to support the University curriculum.

Federal Depository FAQs:

  • Memorial Library at Minnesota State University, Mankato, became a depository in 1962.
  • The Library houses documents from various federal agencies including:
    • Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health & Human Services, the Interior, State and Treasury
    • Executive Office of the President
    • Congress
    • the Library of Congress
    • the Smithsonian Institution
    • the Census Bureau
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
    • National Climate Data Center
    • United States Geological Survey
    • Center of Military History