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.

The SD State library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government publications. Public access to the government publication collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44, United States Code). In 2013, the state library transitioned to an electronic only depository library, providing online access to federal publications through the library catalog. In addition, the state library retains print copies of federal publications that have any information related to South Dakota.

South Dakota Federal Depository Libraries

The South Dakota State Plan will encourage cooperation among the state's federal depository libraries in their effort to follow depository library guidelines in providing access to government information for the state's citizens.

Devereaux Library A depository since 1963, the library is an electronic depository, providing access to documents in electronic format. South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
E. Y. Berry Library A depository since 1942, the library selects 32% of items. Black Hills State University
Hilton M. Briggs Library A depository since 1889, the library selects 73% of items. South Dakota State University
I. D. Weeks Library A depository since 1889, the library selects 36% of items. University of South Dakota
Mikkelsen Library A depository since 1969, the library selects 24% of items. Augustana University
Woksape Tipi Academic/ Public Library & Archives A depository since 2006. Oglala Lakota College
South Dakota State Library A depository since 1973, the library is an electronic depository, providing access to documents in electronic format. State of South Dakota
South Dakota Supreme Court Law Library A depository since 1978, the library selects 1% of items. State of South Dakota
Beulah Williams Library A depository since 1963, the library selects 22% of items. Northern State University

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)

The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive information for historical and current publications as well as direct links to the full document, when available. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keywords, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.

Government Publications/Library Associate

Barb Nickolas

1-605-773-3131 (Option 4)