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Federal Depository Library Program

The Vincent C. Immel Law Library is a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program and receives select resources from the Government Printing Office.

FDLP LogoThe Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to government information and is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).

Under the terms of the FDLP, these government documents are available for use by the public during all the hours the Law Library is open to the public.

Patrons requiring assistance with government documents may request help at the Reference Desk during service hours. Any unaccompanied child under 16 who self-identifies the need to access federal depository resources for research will receive mediated searching assistance from a reference librarian to identify and access the materials.

Circulation and Use

Members of the general public are welcome to use the library’s federal government documents. You are also welcome to borrow materials that circulate by contacting your local public or institutional library and requesting an interlibrary loan.

Our collection is cataloged and records can be found by using the SLU Law Library Catalog.

Location of Materials

Print government documents are located in one of three areas:

  1. Integrated into the library's LC classification number collection through the Law Library
  2. Shelved separately on the sixth floor in the Superintendent of Documents classification scheme
  3. Housed off-site at the Locust Street Library Facility.

Access to Electronic Government Resources

Four public computers located adjacent to the Reference Desk enable patrons to access online government depository resources. Public access is limited to two hours per day.

Users who require extended access to online depository resources should ask either at the Circulation or Reference Desk for assistance. Please see our Print, Copy and Computer Use Policy for additional guidance.