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Information about the transition to a more digital FDLP


The next National Collection Service Area- West NCSA meeting will be
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 
Time: 3 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. MT / 12 p.m. PT 


GPO Response to DLC Letter Regarding Censorship

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Hugh Halpern responded to an April letter from the Depository Library Council (DLC) that requested guidance for depository libraries related to access to the Federal property in their care, in the context of state and local legislative proposals to restrict access to library materials.

Over 100 bills have been introduced in state legislatures and in local jurisdictions across the country that relate to rating, restriction, or censorship of library materials. The laws that have been enacted have varying language and requirements, so GPO cannot provide blanket guidance for depository libraries. Individualized guidance will be provided to coordinators who may encounter conflicting rules.

Any depository library that is required or asked to destroy or limit access to a specific Government document should immediately notify Federal Depository Support Services via askGPO to discuss the issue. Coordinators will be advised on appropriate ways to comply with state or local laws and the Legal Requirements and Program Regulations for the Federal Depository Library Program (LRPR) to the greatest extent possible.

Please read the GPO response in its entirety. Thank you for your continued commitment to access to public Government information for an America Informed.

Training and Programming

For Libraries

Would you like more information on federal resources? You don't have to be a federal depository to learn how to navigate the Census, what agencies produce materials in a variety of languages or what resources are available for students. 

The FDLP academy has a collection of free, recorded webinars on a wide variety of topics. Each webinar is about one hour long, transcripts and slides are also available. Here are some examples:

The 1950 Census

School, snacks, safety and sanity: Government resources for the smallest child to the teen and in-between

2022 Fall DLC: Operation Lady Justice: Federal Government Resources on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP)

We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re in the Public Record: Federal Government Documents on the LGBT Movement

Disaster Preparedness: Helping Individuals and Communities Prepare

The 11 Federal Holidays: What, When, Why, And How These Days Got To Be Holidays

Chronicling America: Using Historical Newspapers

For the Public

Would you like a presentation or workshop for your patrons? We would love to work with you! Contact

LGBTQ+ resources

George Chauncey, Historian of LGBTQ+ Life and Kluge Prize Recipient, Releases New Video Series “Through History to Equality”

George Chauncey, recipient of the 2022 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, released three videos today with the Library of Congress examining the experiences of LGBTQ+ Americans. These are now available to watch on and the Library’s YouTube channel.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Webinars

Would you like to learn more about maps? What government publications are available in Español? Or the History of Women in Printing Pre-1800? The Federal Library Depository Program offers free webinars that are open to everyone. Registration is required to attend the live session. Was there a webinar you missed? No worries! These sessions are recorded and available at FDLP Academy Training Repository.

Webinar: Beyond the Binary: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Health
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Time: 12:00 mountain time

This webinar aims to provide culturally appropriate health information and resources for LGBTQIA+ populations and the librarians and health care practitioners who support them.


Data Librarianship
Date: Friday, July 7, 2023
Time: 12:00 mountain time

Learn how librarians are working with Chief Data Officers (CDOs) to implement a data catalog and establish data governance processes within departments and agencies.


Economic Census 101
Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Time: 12 mountain time

Learn about updates to the 2022 Economic Census, including some new data elements, timeline for data releases, as well as some recent changes to Census data tools.


Join Us on 7/13 for an Orientation to Legal Research on Federal Legislative History

Join us on Thursday, July 13, at 1:00 p.m. EDT for an Orientation to Legal Research, this time focusing on Federal Legislative History. This entry in the series provides an overview of U.S. federal legislative history resources, including information about the methods of identifying and locating them. In tackling this area of research, the focus will largely be on finding these documents online. We will be highlighting freely-available governmental websites like, GovInfo, and, and quickly touch on subscription databases that can be accessed at one’s local public law or academic library. Legal reference librarian Anna Price will be the presenter.

Please register here