United States Government Information

Guide to U.S. Federal government information and data

Mission of the UTSA Libraries Government Documents Unit

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

Location of Government Documents

Finding Government Publications at UTSA Libraries

> Many government publications are cataloged in the Library Quick Search catalog. To find the materials, be aware that government publications are shelved in all areas of the library including:

  • JPL 3rd Floor
  • JPL 4th Floor Microforms
  • JPL 2nd Floor Multimedia Center
  • JPL 3rd Floor Map Cabinets
  • UTSA Downtown Campus Library
  • Offsite storage

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 3rd 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, other than Census documents, 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 Law Library  
>  Texas Lutheran University (Seguin)
    . . . Locate a Federal Depository (from GPO)
   ...... Federal Depository Library Directory
                    Using the Federal Depository Library Directory video (5")
     . . . 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 Centers
>  San Antonio Public Library
>  Rice University Fondren Library, Houston
>  University of Texas-Austin (Engineering Library)
>  Patent and Trademark Office, Dallas Regional Office 
Texas A&M College Station
Texas Tech, Lubbock
  ..... 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.  

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