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About Government Collections

Collection Overview

Spring Semester 2012: Note new library locations of government print resources: most Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) publications remain on 3rd north. These items from the reading room have all been relocated: LC classifications A-V are located on 2nd east, collection continuing on 5th floor northwest—including catalogs and indexes such as Z1223.A18 Main Reference Materials—also Dewey and RAND, large Gov. items and the Iowa and International SWANK are included with the Main Library general collection oversize books fE-fN on 5th floor north.

The University of Iowa Libraries‘ is a depository for U.S. federal, State of Iowa, United Nations, and European Union information. Through depository programs, publications are received from these agencies with the understanding that they will be available for the free use by the public and made accessible in a timely manner. The government information collection also includes other official government resources and supporting indexes and reference material that enhance research activities. The collection includes subject-specific databases, official reports, statistical resources, legislative information, periodicals, policy analysis, and general information guides in paper, microform, electronic, and digital formats. Recent titles can be located through Smart Search or InfoHawk, the Libraries’ online catalog. Although, historical materials are not widely represented in InfoHawk, they are well indexed through specialized print finding aids.

Most print government resources are shelved over three floors of the Main Library: Library of Congress classifications on two and five, and SuDocs in room 3115 on third floor (map PDF File), however, the Main Library Reference Collection as well as other libraries on campus may also include government publications in their collections. Non-print government resources may be requested at the Service Desk, Main Library.

Librarians with subject specialization are available for reference questions, in-depth research consultation, and classroom instruction.

Federal Depository Library Program    State of Iowa Depository Library     European Union Depository Library     United Nations Depository Library