The core of the Government Documents Collection at the NOAA Central Library is the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Collection. This program can trace it’s history to 1813, when a Congressional Joint Resolution ordered that a limited group of government publications be distributed to libraries outside of the federal government by the Librarian of Congress. Since those beginnings the program has grown to over 1,200 member libraries in the public, academic, and federal sphere, each providing free and unlimited public access to a wide variety of information resources produced by the federal government.
The NOAA Central Library (NCL) has been an FDLP library since 1993. We select federal publications in a variety of formats about NOAA-related subjects to support the library's mission of providing scientific, technical, and legislative information services to NOAA employees and the general public. In this collection you will find publications about oceanography, atmospheric sciences, meteorology, coastal zone management, fisheries, satellites, minerals management, and environmental sciences, as well as congressional documents covering these subjects. The depository materials are also available to the general public by request.
For FDLP items not found in our collection please contact
Maryland’s regional federal depository, located at McKeldin Library of the University of Maryland in College Park. The regional depository contains over 2 million government publications in various formats and makes its resources and services available to the public.
Locating GovDocs at the NOAA Central Library:
Government publications are shelved according the SuDoc system of call numbers, but may be located using the normal NOAA library catalog, NOAALINC. Use the location drop down list to limit your search to a specific location: e.g."Government documents", "Maps", or "Legal materials".
Government publications are generally housed in the northeast corner of the library with the following exceptions:
The FDLP Basic Collection is a vital source of information on the workings and activities of the Federal Government. It is comprised of websites, databases, and physical and electronic publications that support your right to be informed of your government. Each FDLP member library is required to provide immediate access to this collection.
Below are a variety of resources from public and governmental sources that you may find helpful in government documents research.
Reliable sources of statistical information and analysis from a variety of federal sources.
Resources specific to the congressional, executive, or legislative branch of the U.S. federal government.
Resources specific to state-level government processes and resources.
Resources for finding information on foreign countries and their governments.
A miscellaneous listing of resources that you may find helpful in your government documents research.