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Government Information: Government Information Home

Welcome to Alkek Library's Government Information unit. This guide was created to assist researchers who might use publications or resources published by the federal or state government.


This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. The documents collection is available to Texas State University students, faculty, staff, as well as the local community, as guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).

The Alkek Library is a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program. Alkek's Government Information collection possesses approximately 1.4 million Federal and Texas documents, including a large collection of topographic maps.

Accessing Government Documents at Texas State

Print government documents are located at one of the following locations:

  • Alkek Library 4th floor SW corner, compact shelving (main location) 
  • Alkek Library 3rd floor (gov info, gov info reference)
  • Archives and Research Center

The majority of government documents are in the 4th floor compact shelving. You may retrieve the documents yourself or you may contact the Checkout Desk or Ask Alkek desks for assistance retrieving items. A smaller portion of the documents has been moved to the 3rd floor government information shelves or to the Archives and Research Center.

Topographic maps are located on the 3rd floor of the Alkek Library. 

Call or check the Library Hours to verify library hours.

Federal Depository Library Materials Access Policy

Free public access to United States government documents in a federal depository library is guaranteed by law (44 USC §1911). Any patron may view depository library material within the Alkek library. Patrons may use photocopiers to copy material or scan the materials using KIC machines located throughout the library.

Government documents circulate in accordance with University Libraries’ Borrowing Policy.  Community members may check out circulating depository material with a TexShare card or Community Borrowers card. 

Alkek Library has two public workstations on the 3rd floor of the library.  According to Texas State University Libraries’ policy, public patrons are charged a per-page fee for printing.  

Research assistance for public users of FDLP information is equal to such services offered to other users and for other information.


Contact Us

Government Information
govdocs@txstate.eduFederal Depository Emblem

Ask A Librarian Service

Checkout Desk

Browse Government Documents Online

Finding Government Statistics