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The federal government, through its various agencies and branches  produces a vast quantity of information on practically any subject.  Many of these publications are distributed by the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) to depository libraries across the country.  The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)  was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. This program involves the acquisition, format conversion, and distribution of depository materials and the coordination of Federal depository libraries in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The mission of the FDLP is to disseminate information products from all three branches of the Government to nearly 1,300 libraries nationwide. Libraries that have been designated as Federal depositories maintain these information products as part of their existing collections and are responsible for assuring that the public has free access to the material provided by the FDLP.  Weber State University's Stewart Library is a selective government depository, selecting approximately 45% of the documents available.  University of Utah , BYU and USU are other depository libraries in the area.  Utah State University Library is the regional depository for the FDLP and therefore selects 100% of the available documents. 

Federal Depository publications are available the hours the Stewart Library is open.  Ask at the Reference Desk for help.
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The Utah State government also produces a substantial amount of information of interest to the citizens of the state.  

This guide is intended to help introduce you to the use and location of these materials.  The Stewart Library Government  Documents and Maps Department  has documents from the federal government dating  from the 1700's  to the present, and vary in format from pamphlets and other print materials to CDs, microforms and Web sites.


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