United States Government Information

Federal Depository

"The publications of a government are the records of that nation's existence; they are the source material of its history." -- Edith E. Clarke, Guide to the Use of United States Government Publications, 1919   

 

Mission of the UTSA Libraries Government Documents Unit

The mission of the Government Documents Unit is to serve the government information needs of the UTSA community and citizens of the 20th U.S. Congressional District by collecting and organizing government information and providing free public access, instruction, and quality reference assistance in the use of these materials.

Location of Government Documents

Finding Government Publications at UTSA Libraries

> Many government publications are cataloged in the Print Catalog. To find the materials, be aware that government publications are shelved in all areas of the library including:

  • JPL 3rd Floor
  • JPL Information Desk
  • JPL 4th floor Microforms/Current Periodicals
  • JPL 2nd Floor Multimedia Center
  • JPL 3rd Floor Map Cabinets
  • UTSA Downtown Campus Library

Government Publications shelved in the above areas are organized by Library of Congress call numbers and are shelved with other library materials.

> Some print Federal documents are shelved in the JPL 4th Floor Government Documents area arranged by SuDoc (Superintendent of Documents) number, which arranges documents by the agency that produced them rather than by subject.  Texas Documents are located on the 3rd Floor and shelved in TxDoc numbering system.

> Most print government publications can be checked out similar to other library materials.

> Increasingly government information is found online, both in free government websites and commercial databases subscribed to by the UTSA Libraries.

Other Local Government Depositories

Other schools in San Antonio and the U.S. maintain and provide access to government publications. 

Below are links to depositories in the San Antonio and Texas area:

State of Texas and Federal Depositories
>  St. Mary's University
>  Trinity University
>  Texas State University (San Marcos)


Federal Depositories 
>  Palo Alto College
>  San Antonio College
>  St. Mary's University Law Library
>  Texas Lutheran University (Seguin)
    . . . Locate a Federal Depository (from GPO)
     . . . Map of Federal Depository locations in San Antonio (From St. Mary's University Library)

County Libraries in Texas
>   Bexar County Law Library
>   Other County Law Libraries in Texas


Federal Patent & Trademark Resource Center
>  Rice University Fondren Library, Houston
>  University of Texas-Austin (Engineering Library)
>  Patent and Trademark Office, Dallas Regional Office 
  ..... Other Patent and Trademark Resource Centers


United Nations Documents Depository
>  University of Texas-Austin
  . . . Other UN depositories


Regional Depository
  Texas State Library and Archives Commission, located in Austin, is the regional federal and state depository library. The Texas State Library is required to collect all federal documents distributed by the depository program. To date, they own over 1.5 million items. It also collects Texas State documents.  A second Regional Depository is located in Lubbock at Texas Tech University.