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About Government Publications

The Schurz Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program. The library has been a depository since 1968. This program provides U.S. Government materials free of charge and in return the libraries accept responsibility for making them available to the public. As a selective depository the Schurz Library chooses sources in areas which support the curriculum and research interests of Indiana University South Bend and the Second Congressional District. These include sources in a variety of formats including a vast number of online sources, print materials like maps, posters, periodicals and microfiche and cd-roms.

The federal government is a leader in a many areas of research and data collection and by law ( makes this information available on the Internet and in print. The United States government is the largest publisher in the world, producing thousands of resources every years on almost every subject imaginable. Many contain statistics and information not available elsewhere. Take advantage of this opportunity to find and use this rich source of information.

The print and microfiche collections are located on the Ground floor of the Franklin D. Schurz Library. The great majority of the print government publications may be checked out in the same way as books in the general collection.

Please contact Linda Fisher, Head of Government Publications if you need further assistance.

Linda Fisher
Head of Government Publications
Library 002A
(574) 520-4442

Shabaun Flanagan
Government Publications Technician
Library 002B
(574) 520-4394

Lakrisha Perry
Government Publications Specialist
Library 002B
(574) 520-4394

How to locate Government Publications:

The first place to look for Government publications is in IUCAT. Government publications in print and online have records in the catalog.

An additional excellent source is to search Google U.S. Government Search. This Google subset gives access to federal, state and local government information sources. Most of these sites will be full text.

Once you have found the Government Publication that you are looking for you will notice that it has a different looking call number. This is a SuDoc or Superintendent of Documents number.

Explanation of the Superintendent of Documents Classification Scheme

As a Federal Depository Library, we receive many publications issued by agencies of the U.S. Government. These publications, which may include books, CD-ROMs, Internet sites, maps, posters, pamphlets, and periodicals, contain information on careers, business opportunities, space exploration, research, energy, and many other subjects.

Federal Government publications in this collection are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification number. Publications are grouped together by issuing agency.

The example below shows how the SuDoc number C 61.34:987 is constructed.

Here are the prefixes from the SuDoc classification numbers for some of the agencies that you may be interested in:

A Agriculture Dept.
C3 Census Bureau (Commerce Dept.)
D Defense Dept.
E Energy Dept.
ED Education Dept.
GA General Accounting Office
GS General Services Administration
HE Health and Human Services Dept.
I Interior Dept.
I 19. U.S. Geological Survery
J Justice Dept.
Ju Judiciary
L Labor Dept.
LC Library of Congress
S State Dept.
SI Smithsonian Institute
T 22. Internal Revenue Service
X, Y Congress
Y .4 Congressional Committees