The Government Documents Collection, located on the main level of the Davis Family Library, contains more than 200,000 publications published by various agencies of the United States Government from 1832 to the present. These publications provide information on a vast range of subjects and in many formats, including print, microfiche, CD-ROM, videotapes, and online resources. Most government documents are shelved by Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) number, which groups them by issuing agency rather than by subject.
For assistance in finding and using government publications, see the Research Desk in Davis Family Library or the Government Documents Librarian in room 211. Most government documents we have received since 1976 have been cataloged in MIDCAT and may be checked out at the Circulation Desk unless they are stamped "Not to be taken from the Library." The general public is welcome to use all material we have received as a federal depository library. Middlebury has been an official federal depository library since 1884 and currently receives physical copies or online records for 21% of the publications available from the Government Printing Office (GPO). For more details on our collection, see our Government Documents Collection Development Policy.
NOTE: If you need access to an item that is in our LOCKED shelving, please contact the Government Documents librarian. You will need to be in the library at a time when he is available, and you will need to bring a photo ID.
During Middlebury's history as Federal Depository Library, we have acquired a deep collection of rare and historic government publications. These items are kept in locked shelving, and can only be accessed under the supervision of a librarian. Many of these items are now available online. To see if an item you are interested in working with is available electronically, you can check:
These are the most widely-used research databases for finding U. S. government information resources:
General Government Documents
Congressional Documents & Information
United States Census