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US Government Information

This guide is designed to assist researchers in gaining access to United States federal information available within the library’s collections and databases, and online.


On March 1, 1907, under the provisions of the Nelson Amendment to the First and Second Morrill Acts, 43 land-grant colleges entered the FDLP, including then Mississippi A & M College. This was the largest group of libraries ever to enter the program in a single year. The present selective depository collects an extensive 89 percent of the print and online document series offered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

The Federal Depository Library Program provides permanent access to government publications through Federal depository libraries and the FDLP Electronic Collection. A program of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) under the statutory authority of  Title 44 of the United States Code, the mission of the FDLP is " to provide for no-fee ready and permanent public access to Federal Government information, now and for future generations."

The Three Branches


This guide was originally authored by Ewa Dzurak, librarian at CUNY Staten Island Library. Her original guide may be found at

The subject browsing section of this guide was written and created by Kelly L. Smith, librarian at UC San Diego Library. Her original guide may be found at