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Locating Government Documents: Home

Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

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)

General Depository Information

The Ohio Wesleyan University Beeghly Library has been a federal depository for government publications since 1845, and is one of the oldest continuous federal depository libraries in the United States.

Beeghly Library is a selective depository, receiving approximately 20% of all publications available for selection through the Federal Depository Library Program, which distributes millions of U.S. government publications to libraries across the countries.

Government documents are located on the first floor of Beeghly Library. They are classified using the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system. Most government documents are can be accessed through CONSORT, the combined library catalog of Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University and College of Wooster.

The Government Documents Department maintains a rich historical collection of nineteenth and twentieth century documents, varied in subject matter with concentration in documents from the following agencies:

  • Bureau of the Census
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Congress and Congressional Committees
  • Education Department
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Judiciary
  • U. S. Geological Survey

These reflect the university's strengths in economics, history, political science, education, and geology.

USGS Map Collection

The following maps published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are housed in the Geology & Geography Library & Seminar  (Room 218) located in the Science Center.  They are accessible to the Geology & Geography faculty 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  Students can access them by contacting any departmental faculty or Science Center secretaries. 

I 19.111/A: Separate Maps of the National Atlas  
I 19.102/1:35
State Map Series: Planimetric, Topographic and Shaded Relief (1:500,000) (Ohio) 
I 19.41/6-2 Catalog of Topographic and other Published Maps (Ohio)  
I 19.41/6-3
Index to Topographic and Other Map Coverage (Ohio)  
I 19.81:
7.5' Series (Ohio)  
I 19.81/2
1:50,000 Series (Ohio)  
I 19.108:
County Map Series (Ohio)

These maps are available for use by the general public for free.  Please contact Beeghly Library or the Government Documents Coordinator for access to these maps.  We will retrieve the maps from the Geology & Geography Library & Seminar and make ithem available within 24 hours.


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