Typically, depository libraries have been designated on the basis of congressional districts. Our depository is unique in that we were designated a depository at the request of Lyndon B. Johnson, then U.S. Senate Majority Leader.
The Alkek Library is the sole depository for the 25th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Representative Lloyd Doggett.
Since 1813, libraries across the country have safeguarded the public's right to know by collecting, organizing and maintaining information from the federal government. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is managed by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) under the statutory authority of Title 44 of the United States Code.
Depository libraries provide free public access to publications of public interest and educational value from all three branches of the federal government. There is a wide variety of resources, including everything from tax information to Census demographics, Texas topographic maps to Supreme Court cases, and small business information to numerous special congressional and special agency reports. State and local governments, citizens, researchers, students, and teachers … all may use depository libraries to access government information.
For more information, please see the Federal Depository Libraries website.
The Federal Depository Library Directory will help you locate depository libraries.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission is the regional depository for east Texas, with extensive holdings and responsibility for oversight of selective depositories in the region.