Depository Libraries for Government Publications


To provide a class of libraries in the United States and its possessions known as depository libraries, in which tangible and electronic U.S. Government information products are made available by the Superintendent of Documents for use by the public.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Government Printing Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Dissemination of Technical Information.
Program Accomplishments
Through this program, selected U.S. Government information products are made available to Federal depository libraries for use by the general public. During fiscal year 2005, over 5.3 million copies of approx. 10,301 titles in paper, microfiche and CD ROM were distributed to depository libraries. Additionally, the Federal Depository Library Program Electronic Collection (FDLP/EC) provided no fee access to approx. 301,633 online titles located on the GPO Access servers and by linking to agency web resources. The online resources of the FDLP/EC are available via the Web at: .
44 U.S.C. 1901-1915.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Depository libraries are designated by members of Congress, with two Representative designations provided for in each congressional district and four Senatorial designations provided for in each State at large. By law, all State libraries, highest State appellate court libraries, libraries of land grant colleges, and law school libraries are also eligible to be designated depositories.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Services are available to the general public.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Not applicable.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The purpose of this program is to make U.S. Government information products available for reference in local areas. As of March 2006, there were 1,266 Depository Libraries. There are no restrictions on the use of U.S. Government information products in depository libraries other than the general rules and regulations of the individual libraries. Public access is guaranteed by law. Depository publications remain the property of the U.S. Government.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
The libraries are listed in the program literature. As of March 2006, there were 1,266 libraries located in the United States and its possessions.
Headquarters Office
U.S. Government Printing Office, Information Dissemination Department (Superintendent of Documents), 732 North Capitol Street, NW., Washington, DC 20402. Contact: U.S. Government Printing Office, Judy Russell, Superintendent of Documents, 732 North Capitol Street, NW., Washington, DC 20402. Telephone: (202) 512-1114. The Gpo Contact Center: Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday (except Federal Holidays) Toll-Free: 1-866-512-1800 DC Area: 202-512-1800 E-Mail: Online: Fax: 202-512-2104.
Website Address .
Financial Information
Account Identification
FY 07 est 43,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The "Federal Depository Library Directory" describes the depository library system and contains a list of the libraries currently designated. It is available without charge and revised annually. An online version of the directory is available at: This directory is also available free from the Federal Bulletin Board (202) 512-1387; telnet to:; or FTP to:; and web:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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