U.S. Government Documents

The U.S. Federal Depository Library collection supports teaching, learning and research through the Ph.D. level in all subject areas taught at the University.  In addition, as a part of the Federal Library Depository Program, the collection serves the general public.  Information on public access is in the Depository Library Materials Access Policy:


U.S. Government publications are primarily provided in electronic format by the Depository Program, supplemented by core publications in hard copy (print, DVD, CD, microfiche). 

Additional publications are acquired by purchase in print or electronic formats to meet the needs of users.  There is an emphasis on acquiring selected reference materials and maps in print format.  Major databases containing U.S. Government publications and information are commercially purchased to support this collection.

English is the primary language of the collection. The multidisciplinary nature of the subject is covered by other subject areas as is appropriate. The Library follows Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program:


Because the Documents Collection is not a separate entity, materials acquired may be in any library location. 

The University of Texas Libraries work closely with the Texas State Library, which is our Regional Federal Depository and which has all distributed federal documents. The PCL Map Collection houses maps from the State Library collection on their behalf. The Tarlton Law Library is the other selective Federal Depository Library in Austin.

Contact Bill Kopplin, Social Science Liaison Librarian