Government Documents

Government information in both print and electronic formats is made available by the Government Printing Office (GPO) to more than 1,300 Federal depository libraries nationwide for the free use of the public. In operation since 1813, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is the public's primary source of free access to the published information of the Federal Government.  Federal depository libraries are designated by Members of Congress or by law.

Bailey Library functions as a federal depository library through a selective housing agreement with the University of Central Arkansas, which selects 28% of all documents available to federal depositories.  Bailey Library houses documents from the Department of Interior, Department of Labor, Department of State, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, President of the United States, Executive Office of the President, and Smithsonian Institution.  To date Bailey Library has almost 32,000 government documents.  The collection is shelved by Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification number on the first floor.  The documents remain in the library, but patrons are free to make use of and photocopy what they need.

Our government documents are not in the online catalog but can be located by using the print and online index, GPO's Monthly Catalog, in conjunction with our shelf list.  GPO also distributes many documents online through GPO Access.  If you need help searching the government documents collection, please see a librarian.


Last Modified on 11/11/2006