This logo means that, "This library is a congressionally designated depository for US Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 §1911 United States Code)".
All members of the community including students, faculty, staff, and members of the public may use these documents for free at all times the library is open.
Since 1963, Geisel Library has been a selective depository of the United States Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). As a selective depository, we receive approximately 22% of items distributed via the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). Documents are available in print, microfiche or online format. We also serve the 1st U.S. Congressional District of New Hampshire in conjunction with 3 other depositories and are also a depository for State of New Hampshire government publications.
Generally, a government document is any publication produced by a government agency. The U.S. Code defines a government document or publication as "informational matter which is published as an individual document at government expense, or as required by law." (44 U.S.C. § 1901). This includes items printed by federal, state, local, or even international agencies.
Government publications offer authoritative and timely information that can enhance your research. Here are examples of how they can help you: