The Federal Depository Library Program originated in the early 1800's when a joint resolution of Congress directed that additional copies of the House and Senate Journals and other documents be printed and distributed to institutions outside the Federal establishment. From that small beginning, the Federal Depository Library Program has grown into a system of close to 1400 Federal depository libraries.
Schaffer Library at Union College has been a selective federal document depository since 1901. As one of six in the capital district of New York State, we participate in a local networking coalition, the Government Information Interest Group (GIIG) of the Capital District Library Council. The institutions included are the New York State Library (our regional depository which receives everything offered), a law library, a public library and three academics (four if you count one sharing status with the public library). A directory of CDLC Federal Depository Libraries gives basic information about each of these institutions and links with directions, maps and hours can be found on our page, "Getting to Area Libraries."
Of the nearly 8,000 publication items the Government Printing Office makes available, we select over 2200, or around 29%. This material is additionally supplemented by the Congressional Information Service microfiche collection of the American Statistics Index to United States government statistical publications. We collect primarily in the areas of census, geology and political science and our collection is comprised of all the available formats: paper, microfiche, maps, CD-ROM databases, and Government Information via the WWW. In addition, we also periodically list the newly cataloged titles and series that are added to our online public access web catalog.
Also see our suggested Depository Tools.