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Public Services and Access Policies






Mission and Objectives

  • To provide free and equal access to government information and information products, regardless of format, to the University's faculty, students and staff and the general public. This is in accordance with Chapter 19, Title 44 of the U.S. Code.
  • To provide reference and research services to assist patrons in locating and using government information.
  • To maintain bibliographic control with required piece-level record holding, technical processing and statistical record keeping.
  • To promote public awareness of depository services.
  • To continue to develop a depository collection to support the information needs of the depository community.


Locations of Depository Materials

  • Paper - Located in both the main stacks and the documents stacks which are open stacks.
  • Microfiche - Filed in microfiche cabinets near documents stacks. Some titles located in Microforms dept..
  • Electronic Products - CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, DVDs, Video or Audio Cassettes filed in multi-media cabinets.
  • Maps, Atlases, Posters - Located in government documents map/atlas cases, stacks, or Louisiana Room (Louisiana USGS quadrangle maps)
  • Internet Access - Provided throughout the library at computers in the Reference Online Center, Library STEP labs, stand-alone stations and via Wi-Fi


Reference Services

Government information reference services, in person and online, are provided from the Reference and Research Services department and the U.S. Government Information department. The departments are staffed by reference and research librarians and the depository coordinator, the Government Information department head. Reference service hours are equal to the number of hours that the library is open.

  • All Reference personnel have some level of training in the use of government information, including electronic sources. Referrals are made to the Head of Government Information, as needed. Training sessions in the use of new electronic products or online databases are conducted by the depository coordinator/Government Information department head.
  • Bibliographic instruction sessions in the use of government information include general and specialized tools to access government information.
  • General and subject guides and bibliographies on government information topics are available.
  • Many library subject guides include government information resources.
  • Social media services are incorporated within public services.  


Internet Access And Use

  • Free and equal public access to the Internet is provided for searching the GPO Federal Digital System (FDsys) and other government information databases.
  • Use of workstations for government information searching is subject to the Internet use policies of both the library and the university.
  • Patrons will not be required to present identification to use computers designated for depository usage.
  • Filtering software is not installed on computers designated for depository usage.
  • Sign-up sheets, time limits and special passwords may be imposed at the discretion of the Reference Department.
  • General public patrons- Designated login information is provided at library workstations that require university authentication.
  • Use or access may be mediated or unmediated.


InterLibrary Loan

ILL requests are made for items that the library does not select, for items that have not been received due to shortages, or for damaged or lost items. Initial requests may be sent to the regional libraries, Louisiana Tech and LSU. Generally, requests are made to other depositories or non-depository libraries via OCLC.


Physical Facilities And Equipment

  • Computer workstations throughout the library are available for public users to search online and other electronic depository products.
  • Printing and downloading options are available from public workstations.
  • Microform scanners, readers and printers are available for use by the public.
  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, our depository provides handicapped access to depository services and materials.


For additional policy information, refer to the "Edith Garland Dupré Library, U.S. Government Information, Federal Depository Library, Electronic Products, Public Services Policy".

Federal Depository Library Coordinator

Sandy Himel, Associate Professor and Head of Government Information
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