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Federal Documents at UF: Home

UF is a Regional Federal Depository Library



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.

U.S. Federal Documents Collection

The University of Florida’s Regional Federal Depository Documents Collection has been moved off campus and is now housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility.  Documents in this collection may be retrieved by UF patrons and the general public.  Once requested, documents are delivered to the circulation desk at Library West for pick-up, usually within 24 hours. 

Finding Federal Documents

Close to fifty percent of the federal documents collection housed in the Auxiliary Storage Facility  are cataloged and records can be found in the library catalog.  If you are seeking a document that is not listed in the catalog, it may be in the portion of the collection that has not yet been cataloged. You can submit a message with the name of the agency, date and title to or contact the Library West Research Assistance Desk at 352-273-2665.

The Monthly Catalog contains information about all documents distributed by the Government Printing Office via the Federal Depository Library Program.  

     The version restricted to UF users covers the time period from 1895 to 1976:

     GPO's Monthly Catalog  covers the time period from 1976 to the present:

GPO's govinfo provides access to official federal documents.

MetaLib is a federated search engine that searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online. 

Internet Archive is an excellent source to locate digitized documents.

Hein Online is a legal research database that contains many federal documents. It is restricted to UF users.

Internet Archive is an excellent source to locate digitized documents.

LLMC is a source of selected digital federal documents.

Government Documents

How Non-UF Users may retrieve federal documents

Any user from a State University or State College in Florida may request a document listed in the library catalog that displays a “UBorrow” link.  If there is no “UBorrow” link, they should use the Interlibrary Loan service at their institution.   

Users not affiliated with a State University or State College in Florida may request documents housed in the storage facility and have them delivered to the circulation desk at Library West on the University of Florida campus.  Before coming to campus they should send an email to  or call 352-273-2665 or 352-273-0375 to make arrangements for retrieval of the documents prior to their arrival.  Users may also request documents using their library’s Interlibrary Loan Service.

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