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Government Documents - Federal: Federal Government Documents at NMSL

FDLP - Federal Depository Library   NMSL Federal Documents Collection


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.

This LibGuide is dedicated to helping New Mexico citizens locate federal information in the three shared regional depository libraries in New Mexico.

Congressioinal Papers

Check out our Congressional Papers Libguide to see all of our Senators and Representatives since before statehood and where to find their papers.

SuDoc Classification Basics

Superintendent of Documents Classification is a system of library classification developed in the office of the Superintendent of Documents of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) at the turn of the 20th century. It is based on a scheme conceived by Adelaide R. Hasse for organizing U.S. Government publications at the Los Angeles Public Library in the 1890s[.]  ~FDLP Services Section


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Finding Documents Publilshed After 1976

Online Catalog - use our catalog to find print and digital documents in our collection. -- Provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications -- Lists and describes federal publications (1976 - present) and provides direct links to those that are available online. Search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keyword.


Finding Documents Published Pre-1976

1774-1881   Descriptive Catalog of the Government Publications of the United States (also online)

1789-1909   Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1909 (also online)

1789-1970   Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1970. Indexes.

1789-1976   Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents

1881-1893   Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the United States Government, 1881-1893

1885-1894   United States Government Publications (online)

1893-1940   Catalog of the Public Documents of the Congress and of All Departments of the Government of the United States

1895-2004   Monthly Catalog of United States Publications - Commonly referred to as the Monthly Catalog or MoCat, this publication lists all of the publications produced by the U.S. Government Printing Office from 1895 to 2004.

1900-1971   Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog