The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. It distributes materials in a variety of formats, including electronic, CD, microfiche, and paper. As part of its publishing program, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) distributes certain classes of Government documents free of cost to designated libraries throughout the United States and its territories.These libraries are known as Federal depository libraries.
Federal depository libraries must offer free, public access to their Federal collections, even if the depository library is part of a private academic institution. In addition, information specialists are available at these libraries to assist the American public to locate Federal information.
This LibGuide is dedicated to helping New Mexico citizens locate federal information in the three shared regional depository libraries in New Mexico.
The University of New Mexico (UNM), New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the New Mexico State Library (NMSL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding creating a shared Regional Depository Library for Federal government information in New Mexico. Federal depository libraries participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), which is administered nationally by the United States Government Publications Office (USGPO).
Under the new shared system, the New Mexico regional federal collection will be divided and each institution will house all of the materials for the agencies assigned. For instance, Department of Agriculture reports and publications will be housed at NMSU which has programs in agriculture; NMSL will hold the material for the Department of Energy which includes Los Alamos publications; and, UNM will maintain the Congressional materials.