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U.S. Government Information: Home

Government info (primarily U.S. federal) via DePauw University Libraries, and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

DePauw University Libraries and COVID-19

UPDATED August 15, 2020:  We currently cannot provide public access to physical items in our Federal depository library collection. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will provide full access again as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may contact the Indiana State Library for help with Government information. Contact information for nearby libraries can be found on the Federal Depository Library Program website:


We receive U.S. government materials for the public & DePauw as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.


Online access to government documents routinely includes only recent years, because older materials aren't yet scanned & digitized.

For example, Statutes at Large, published since 1789, is only online 1951 to present (as of May 2017). It's an annual compilation of laws  passed by congress that year, so using online misses all laws passed 1950 and earlier. For those we have to consult the paper volumes.


Welcome to Federal Depository Library #0172!

DePauw University Libraries were designated a "depository" library for U.S. federal government publications in 1879 - the first in Indiana.

The intent is to provide access to information about U.S. government activity, and about anything the government funds or researches.

Material includes

We provide free public access to U.S. government documents & information resources in print & online, including reference assistance & unfiltered searching of any U.S. government websites.

We lend our physical government documents directly to anybody with a

If you don't have one of those, we will happily lend them via InterLibrary Loan. Contact your home/school/work library to make the request. We are OCLC library "IDU."

Almost all documents are in "open stacks" so you can browse them. We are ADA accessible, & open to the general public until 10 p.m. most nights when school is in session. During summer and breaks we have shorter hours.

We  have a "selective housing" agreement with the Putnam County Public Library & provide some high interest books for their collection so that things most useful for the general public are in the place that the general public is most likely to look for them.

Some text on this guide is copied verbatim or slightly revised from,, and other official or pertinent sites.

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Caroline Gilson
My office is in the Prevo Science Library, Julian 174 until the end of December 2022, then you can find me at the Roy O. West Library. We can also talk via Google Chat or we can set up a Zoom meeting.