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*Government Information: Federal

Finding Federal government information and resources, both current and historical, including Census and statistical resources.

Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) at OSU

The federal government established a system of depository libraries in 1813. The OSU Libraries became a depository in 1907, number 0501, along with most other land grant institutional libraries of that time. 

   The FDLP symbol is posted at each entryway to the Valley Library, indicating that the 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)


As a selective depository we determine which publications of the federal government should be added to our collection. The Valley Library participates in a shared repository arrangement with the Oregon State Library, University of Oregon, and Portland State University. We have agreed to select and keep all publications of the following federal agencies on behalf of the state of Oregon:

  • US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) (includes the US Forest Service)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Oceanographic Data Center
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Office
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • US Dept. of the Interior (includes the National Parks Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fish & Wildlife, and US Geological Survey among others)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (inactive; historical documents only)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

For a complete summary of holdings by all four libraries participating in Oregon's regional collection, see the Oregon Regional Federal Depository Collection Holdings List.  More information concerning the Federal Depository Program in Oregon, including regional contacts, is found on the Federal Government Information page on the Oregon State Library website.