Federal Documents

TCU takes part in the Federal Depository Library Program. It is our honor to provide free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government in paper and online. Our Depository collection is located on the 2nd floor.

Federal Depository Library Program [FDLP]


Federal Depository Library Program [FDLP]The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. It distributes materials in a variety of formats, including electronic, CD, microfiche, and paper. As part of its publishing program, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) distributes certain classes of Government documents free of cost to designated libraries throughout the United States and its territories. These libraries are known as Federal depository libraries.

Federal depository libraries must offer free, public access to their Federal collections, even if the depository library is part of a private academic institution. In addition, information specialists are available at these libraries to assist the American public to locate Federal information. Mary Couts Burnett Library has been proud to be part of the Federal Depository Library program for over 100 years.

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Important Links to Online Federal Documents and Information


  • govinfo

    govinfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications [CGP]

    The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive information for historical and current publications as well as direct links to the full document, when available. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general keywords, or click on "Advanced Search" for more options.

  • USA.gov

    USA.gov is your online guide to government information and services.


  • CONGRESS.gov

    Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public.

  • My Congressional District

    My Congressional District provides quick and easy access to selected statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau through the American Community Survey (ACS) and County Business Patterns (CBP).

  • HathiTrust

    HathiTrust is a growing, global partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This link directs users to U.S. Federal Documents in HathiTrust, as identified via the HathiTrust Federal Government Documents Registry. This collection is a work in progress, and is updated regularly to add and remove content.

  • CyberCemetery

    The CyberCemetery is an archive of government websites that have ceased operation (usually websites of defunct government agencies and commissions that have issued a final report). This collection features a variety of topics indicative of the broad nature of government information. In particular, this collection features websites that cover topics supporting the university’s curriculum and particular program strengths.

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Beth Callahan
Beth Callahan
Senior Library Specialist
Phone: 817.257.7669
Email: b.callahan@tcu.edu
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