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Government Documents

Government Publications at Syracuse University


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The government documents collection includes all types of government publications in all formats. The SU Libraries has been a part of the Federal Depository Library Program for more than 140 years since it was designated by US Congressional Representative Frank Hiscock on Feb 7, 1878. We currently select 70% of all documents available to depository libraries. We also collect other government publications that include:

  • New York State, City of Syracuse and Onondaga County documents
  • Documents from the Council of Europe, United Nations, Great Britain

The collection includes over 500,000 paper items, thousands of items in electronic format, over 4,000 CD-ROMS and DVDs, and over 2 million microfiche. Materials are located on the 3rd floor of Bird Library. Most government publications can be searched for by using the Classic Catalog or SUMMON

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)


Updated December 18, 2019


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Syracuse, NY 13244
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Preservation Steward

Syracuse University Library has entered into a Preservation Stewardship agreement with the US Government Publishing Office (GPO). The Libraries will be one of four geographically dispersed locations around the country to permanently preserve and retain the print volumes of the United States Statutes at Large.

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General Public Access to Documents at SU Libraries

For Visitors:

All are welcome to use the Government Documents Collection when ever the library is open to the public. (8am - 8pm M-F, 10am - 8pm Sat/Sun). Please refer to the Use and Conduct policy for more information on using any of the Libraries.  Please refer to the Visiting the Library guide on using the Libraries online catalog and any of the databases.

For Documents information on CD-ROMs and DVDs there is a stand-alone CD-ROM computer available for use. Just ask at the 3rd floor service desk.

USB access keys are available for patrons who wish to use the computers to access government information from the databases. Ask for assistance at the 3rd floor service desk.