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Federal documents overview and collection use policy

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the government documents is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 U.S.C.)
    federal depository library program

The University Libraries at Virginia Tech were designated as a selective dederal depository for the ninth cngressional district in 1907. We are one of three depositories in the district; the others are the University of Virginia's College at Wise and Emory & Henry University.

The State Plan for the federal depositories of Virginia is available on the Virginia Regional Depository web site.

The University Libraries have a strong documents collection including long runs of agency annual reports, complete sets of agricultural series, and strong collections in education, health, business, transportation, military history, and census. In addition, the libraries have purchased microform backup sets of the United States Congressional Serial Set, Congressional publications, Census records, and statistical publications. The libraries purchase the necessary commercial indexes, including an online version of the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications and other electronic indexes to provide access to our collections.

Access to the Government Documents collection

The Virginia Tech Library is dedicated to the ideals of Title 44 USC to provide free access to federal government publications, regardless of format, to the general public. Please see the Service Policy for Access to Government Information in Electronic Format and Internet Use.

The University Libraries, Virginia Tech, are open to the general public. Anyone can use the building, government documents and map collections, print and online indexes, and available workstations any time the library is open. No advance registration is needed to use the library facilities and no special logins or passwords are needed to use the workstations.

All items in the Government Documents collection except those labeled reference or non-circulating may be checked out. Maps circulate on a limited basis. Check at the Reference Desk for the maps lending policy.

Circulation and reserve use privileges are extended to adults with a Virginia Driver's License or Virginia Identification Card and in-state address and phone number. Borrowing privileges may be extended to a minor with the permission of a parent or guardian. The appropriate form is available at the Circulation/Reserve Desk, Newman Library. Please refer to Borrowing Privileges to determine your patron status and circulation privileges.

Interlibrary Loan services are available for research purposes to all Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff regardless of location. We are unable to provide Interlibrary Loan services for individuals not affiliated with Virginia Tech. Government documents are available for loan from the University Libraries.


Contact us

Leslie O'Brien
Director of Collection Management
(540) 231-4945

Edward Lener
Associate Director of Collection Management 
(540) 231-9249

Tracy Gilmore
Collection Assessment Librarian
(540) 231-4956

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Collection Management mission

The mission of the Collection Management Department is to build and manage a collection offering the breadth and depth of subjects, formats, and languages necessary to support diverse fields of scholarly endeavor and to advance Virginia Tech's efforts to achieve excellence as a comprehensive land-grant university.