Federal Depository Library Materials Access Policy

  1. The University of Texas Libraries offers the public free access to Federal Government information in print, microform and electronic formats. As a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the University of Texas Libraries follows the principle of free access governing use of depository materials as provided in Section 1911 of Title 44, United States Code.
  2. Public access to FDLP information on the Internet and in other electronic formats is free of charge and equal to that offered for access to other information.
  3. The use of public access computers to access electronic formats is further defined in the Computer and Network Use Policy. This policy is posted at:
    The University of Texas Libraries does not use filtering software on any of its workstations.
  4. Users may access FDLP information without presenting identification.
  5. Circulation of FDLP materials in all formats is in accordance with the University of Texas Libraries Lending and Use Code (Policies and Guidelines #38). This policy is posted on the UT Web at:
  6. Reference service and training assistance for public users of FDLP information is equal to such services offered to other users and for other information.
  7. In accordance with University of Texas Libraries policies, users are charged a per page fee for printing or photocopying and must provide their own storage media (diskette, zip disks) to download FDLP information. These policies are equal to University of Texas Libraries policies for other information access.

Prepared by Paul Rascoe, Documents, Maps, and Electronic Information Services Librarian, November 30, 2001.
Reviewed and recommended by John Tongate, Head, Main Library Services Division; Stephen Littrell, Head Librarian, Public Affairs Library; and Jo Anne Hawkins, Associate Director for Public Services, January 3, 2002.
Approved by Harold Billings, Director of General Libraries, January 3, 2002