Government Documents

Texas A&M University Libraries, a federal selective depository for United States government documents since 1907 serves the 17th Congressional District area. Evans is also a Texas state depository (since 1978) and U.S. Patent depository (since 1983).

WHAT ARE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS?

Government documents are official publications produced by any government agency. Publications are issued by the government in the course of its work and are often mandated by law. They come in a variety of physical formats, including:

  • Books
  • Maps
  • CD-ROM/DVD/VHS
  • Microtext
  • Electronic databases
  • Internet sites
PHYSICAL ARRANGEMENT

The U.S. Federal Documents of each agency are grouped together using the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) numbering system. The beginning letter or letters of the agency name are combined with numbers to identify the item. For example, NASA documents begin with “NAS.” The paper and CD-ROM collection is located on the 5th floor of the Library Annex. Microforms are kept in Evans Library, 2nd Floor.

Texas state documents are shelved by the State Library's classification system. This system also groups publications from each agency together. For example, reports from the Parks and Wildlife Department begin with the letter “P.” All Texas Documents are located on the 5th floor of the Library Annex. Some microforms are kept in Evans Library, 2nd Floor.

The United Nations documents collection has its own classification system and are indexed in AccessUN. Microfiche are classed first by year and then in alphanumerical order by agency. They are located in the Microfiche area of Evans Library, 2nd Floor. This collection spans from 1946-2010.

ACCESS

As a depository for U.S. federal and Texas state publications, Texas A&M University Libraries provides access and reference assistance for these collections to A&M students, faculty, and staff, as well as to the general public. Texas state documents and recent federal documents are searchable in LibCat (the Library online catalog). Pre-1976 federal documents are accessed using The Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (call number GP 3.8:) or use the online version. Several specialized electronic databases are useful when searching a particular type of material - for more information see our Texas, Federal, and International Government guides.

CIRCULATION

The circulation policy for government documents is the same as for other items in the Libraries and most documents circulate, although some Census and legal information documents are non-circulating.

For non-TAMU affiliated depository users, we do offer limited scanning of our print and microfiche documents to be emailed to you if under 50 pages in length. This applies to depository items only and can take up to two business days. Please contact Laura Sare for more information.

For more information contact
Laura Sare – Government Information Librarian 979-458-2200

 
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