Library → Government Documents
The mission of the Government Documents Department is to provide free access to the public regarding information sources published and provided by the Federal & State Depository Program, especially to citizens in the 2nd Congressional District.
Federal and State Links
GovInfo (free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government)
Federal Digital Documents System (FDsys) (replaced by GovInfo Feb. 2018)
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive information for historical and current publications)
Government documents are information resources produced by local, state, and federal governments. They can include the texts of laws, regulations, statistics, scientific and technical information, maps, and detailed analyses of exceptionally wide and sophisticated topics ranging from agriculture to zoology. The United States Government is the world's largest publisher and producer of unique and essential information for historians and the general citizen interested in many different contemporary and historical subject areas.
Established by Congress in 1813, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was created to ensure that the American public would have access to their Government's information. The Government Printing Office (GPO) disseminates information products issued by all three branches of the government to more than 1,250 federal depository libraries through the FDLP. Government documents are freely available to the pubic at designated federal depository libraries within academic and public libraries, law school libraries, and federal agency libraries across the country. Online access is currently through GovInfo, previously known as FDSys, Federal Digital System. The Fayetteville State University's, Charles W. Chesnutt Library, has been a senatorial designated selective federal depository depository library for U.S. government publications since 1973.
The Government Documents Department is located on the fourth floor of Chesnutt Library, and the librarian who oversees the collection, selects and acquires relevant titles for the collection. The university library technician processes federal and state depository publications received on a daily basis. Reference Services are available at the reference desk located on the first floor of the library and the university library technician on the fourth floor can also provide assistance..
The library currently selects 35% (09/16/2017) of the federal publications distributed by the FDLP. There are many formats represented in the collection, which includes books, pamphlets, journals, magazines, maps, microfiche, reports and monographs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and online electronic resources. As a selective depository library, Chesnutt Library also provides services and information sources to the general public of North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District, including Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield.
Chesnutt Library also participates in the North Carolina Documents Depository Program and selects 75% of what the State of North Carolina publishes. Beginning in Spring, 2009, the N.C. State Depository Program launched its North Carolina Dgital Collections, which makes current and historical documents from 1792 to the present available to the public.
All depository publications are selected and acquired based on their relevancy in supporting Fayetteville State University’s academic curriculum and meeting the information needs and interests of users from the surrounding community and region.
Federal and N. C. State publications are primarily housed in the Government Documents Department located on the fourth floor of the library. These publications are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents Classification System, which corresponds to the structure of the Federal and N.C. State Governments.
Documents housed outside of the Government Collection can be located by searching in the Online Catalog. Some documents are located in the Reference Department and are classified and arranged by the Library of Congress Call number System. Most of these documents tend to be current statistical and reference materials.