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Government Publications - U.S.

New Mexico State University's Branson Library houses a depository that receives 67% of all government documents published by the Government Printing Office. We make these available to campus as well as public users for their research purposes.

Collection Access

A large percentage of the government publications at the NMSU Library circulate. Items that do not circulate include specialized reference materials and microfiche.Students, faculty and staff have defined borrowing privileges.

Community members are encouraged to access materials in the Branson Library and may apply for a guest card. Guest Card Form

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The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public's right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government.

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We thank all of ou campus and public users for their responses to the GPO survey and the targeted local survey that we sent out during the month of February, 2011. These surveys of our users help us to respond to the real information needs of the community.

Government Documents at NMSU's Branson Library

This guide is a select list of reference and research resources covering the use of United States Government Publications.

The New Mexico State University Library is one of approximately 1,200 academic, public, and special libraries nationwide that participate in the Federal Depository Library Program by providing free public access to U.S. government information.

The NMSU Library became a federal depository in 1907, and selects about 67% of items available from the Government Printing Office. As of June, 2004, the collection was made up of approximately 974,800 documents (440,000 paper, 525,000 microform, 1600 CDROM/DVDs, and 8,200 web resources). Documents are selected to meet the research needs of New Mexico State University and the New Mexico 2nd Congressional District, and include areas such as agriculture, trade, statistics, federal regulations, science and technical publications, and census data. The collection is shelved according to the Superindendent of Documents Classification.

Use the tabs above to navigate through the guide. If you need additional help, have a question, or would like to schedule a consultation with a librarian, please contact us using the information on the left side of this page.

Looking for books?

Government Documents are housed separately on the second floor of NMSU's Branson Library. They are shelved by Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) numbers.

The Library's print and electronic book collection can be searched by using the library catalog. To search book collections beyond those owned by the NMSU Library, use WorldCat. Books not owned by NMSU can be borrowed from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan, or ILLiad.

For a guide to finding books related to Government Documents, use the Books tab at the top of the page. Remember that you can set limits on your search in the NMSU Library Catalog to: location/U.S. Government Documents to find only Government Documents.

Looking for articles?

Many different databases provide online indexes to articles published in journals, newspapers, magazines, conference proceedings, etc. A list of the databases to which the NMSU library subscribes can be found here. Journal articles not available via the Library's subscriptions can be obtained from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan, or ILLiad.

For a guide to finding articles related to Government Documents, use the Databases tab at the top of the page.

Looking for journals?

Journals are available in print and/or electronic formats. To see if the Library subscribes to a journal, search by the title of the journal:

  1. Search for electronic holding via the Electronic Journals List.
  2. Search for print holdings in the Library Catalog.

Many library resources and services are restricted to NMSU students, faculty, and staff. If you are off-campus, use your myNMSU name and password to log into library resources when prompted.

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