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Government Documents


The New Mexico State University Library is an official depository for documents produced by the United States and the State of New Mexico. The Library joined the Federal Depository Library Program in 1907 and currently selects 67% of all Federal depository documents available. Documents are selected to meet the research needs of New Mexico State University and the 2nd Congressional District of New Mexico, and includes areas such as agriculture, trade, statistics, federal regulations, science and technical publications, and census data. The collection is shelved according to the Superintendent of Documents Classification.

You can find the Government Documents unit on the first floor of the Branson Library and we are happy to help you navigate the world of government information. The Government Documents service desk is open daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and again from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Find Government Documents in the Library Catalog

Step 1: Enter your search term.

Step 2: Select US & NM Government Documents from the "limit to" drop-down menu

Step 3: Click Search

Step 4: If the location is Branson Library - Government Documents use SuDoc number to find the item on the shelf. If the location is Online US Government Document click on the link within the item record.

How to use the SuDoc Call Number System

Federal documents are arranged on the shelves using the Superintendent of Documents Classification System (SuDoc). This system organizes materials by agency, rather than subject as with the Library of Congress system.

The first part of the number is a letter that identifies the department, commission or agency that issued the publication.

A = Agriculture

C = U.S. Census Bureau

I = Department of Interior

The numbers that follow indicate the sub-agency, such as the National Parks Bureau. For example:

I 29.9/5:156

I = Dept. of Interior, 29 = National Parks Bureau 

The numbers that follow indicate the type of publication and a final number unique to that publication. The letter X and Y refer to Congress. For example: A Congressional hearing referring to Homeland Security

Y 4.H 75:109-36

Y = Congress 

4 = Hearing

H = Homeland Security

These are the basic rules for finding documents on the shelf. If you have trouble finding a document, ask for help in the Government Documents Office.