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Government Information: About the Depository

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.


The Albert B. Alkek Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. The Alkek Library is a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program. Alkek's Government Information collection contains approximately 1.4 million Federal and Texas documents, including a large collection of topographic maps.

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.


Accessing Government Documents at TXST

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

  • Alkek Library 4th floor 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. Newest federal documents can be located on the 3rd floor government information shelves. Older material is being relocated 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.

Other Depository Libraries

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.
Austin, TX
Federal Government Information (TSLAC)

Search the TSLAC catalog for U.S. documents


Federal Depository Library Program

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.