Federal Documents

Collections of federal publications are often referred to as “Federal DocumentsFederal Depository Library Program (FDLP) disseminates U.S.Government Printing Office (GPO) publications to the American public through libraries across the nation. The State Library of Arizona is the Regional Federal Depository Library for Arizona, is designated to receive the publications in a variety of formats:  print, microfiche, floppy disk, CD-ROM, DVD and via the Internet through Federal Digital System (FDsys).

What is unique about our collection?

  1. This is the largest collection in Arizona and one of the most significant in the Southwest. Only fourteen other Federal Depository Libraries in Arizona obtain a selection of these publications and also provide public access to their collections.
  2. U.S. government periodicals The State Library of Arizona receives periodicals published by the U.S. Government.

Searching for a U.S. government periodical.

  1. You may search for a bibliographic record for a periodical in the Library and Archives’ online catalog either by entering a specific title or by entering a keyword with the subject “periodicals.”
  2. You may also search by title, agency or subject in the U.S. Government Printing Office’s U.S. Government Subscriptions Catalog.   You may then use that information to see if the title is in the Arizona State Library’s collection or if it is online.
  3. Genealogy in federal publications
  4. The Arizona Memory Project has selected federal government reports, studies, newsletters, and other papers about Arizona and the Southwest in the “Arizona Related Federal Publications” collection.