Federal Depository Library Program Basic Collection

Updated Sept. 22, 2015.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office, through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) designates a basic collection of titles that are “vital sources of information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of the Federal Government.”

This list of Basic Collection titles is divided into two sections:

  1. Basic Collection titles available in the Gallagher Law Library and online. Coverage may vary between what we have in print and what is available online.
  2. Basic Collection titles available online. Some of these are digital-only while others may also be available in print or microform at other Federal Depository Libraries

Please note that some of the titles designated for inclusion in GPO’s Basic Collection may also available in commercial sources that are UW restricted but available to on-site users (HeinOnline, for example). Please see our website (including the library catalog) or ask for assistance from the reference librarians.

See also the Gallagher page on United States Government Publications.

Basic Collection Titles Available in the Gallagher Law Library & Online

Budget of the United States Government
Classified Stacks, HJ2051 .A59, 2014-
1977-2011 shelved with House Documents, Reference Area, J66 .U576

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Classified Stacks, HC110 .P63 U53a, 2011-

Code of Federal Regulations
Current in Reference Area, KF70 .A3
1938- in Compact Stacks, KF70 .A3

Compilation of Presidential Documents
Includes Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Reference Area, J80. A284, 1965-2008.

Congressional Directory
Current in Reference Office, JK1011.03
Classified Stacks, JK1011. 03, 1973-

Congressional Record (Daily Edition)
Compact Stacks, KF35, most current few years, kept until permanent edition in microfiche arrives.

Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
Reference Office, KF4527 .U54 2013

Economic Report of the President
Classified Stacks, HC106.5 A272, 1965-

Federal Register
Current two years in Reference Area, KF70 .A2
Compact Stacks, KF70.A2, 1936-

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 - Part 1 and Part 2
Reference Office, HA202 .B87 1975

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
Classified Stacks, J80 .A283, 1929- (lack 1934-44)

United States Statutes at Large
Reference Area, KF50 .U5, 1789-

United States Code
Current edition at Reference Area, KF62
Compact Stacks, KF62, 1940-

United States Government Manual
Current in Reference Office, JK421 .U57
Classified Stacks, JK421. U57, 1973/74-

United States Reports
Reference Area, KF101 .A212

Basic Collection Titles Available Online

American FactFinder

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

Census of Population and Housing

Economic Indicators

Federal Digital System (FDsys)

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Social Security Handbook

USA Counties


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