Government Publications

Preston Library is a selective depository for U. S. government publications.  The depository receives approximately 25% of all available items. The collection contains some publications of the Commonwealth of Virginia government.

The depository collects materials from the departments of Commerce, Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Interior, Labor, and State.  There is a selection of legislative publications including congressional hearings and reports.  Preston Library provides the public with access to government information as well as research assistance.

Most of the printed publications are located on the 650 level, and are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents Classification System (SuDocs) call number which organizes publications by issuing agency rather than by subject. Other formats, such as microfiche, CDROMs and DVDs, are located in the Microform area on the 500 level.

U. S. government publications are cataloged and identified in the library catalog.  Documents on microfiche not included in the online catalog may be found by consulting the card catalog located outside the Reference Office. Locate online government information by accessing the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) web site at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/

For assistance in identifying and finding government information please contact:

Col. Janet Hollyfdlp_eagle
Reference Librarian
hollyjs@vmi.edu
(540) 464-7296