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Government Documents

International, Federal, and State & Local, Government Documents at WSU Libraries

Washington State Depository Program

The WSU Libraries became a member of the Washington State Depository Program when the system was established by the Washington State Library in 1963.  As a full depository, the WSU Libraries receive copies of most documents the State Library distributes.  

Washington State documents received from 1990 to present appear in the WSU Search It library catalog and are shelved at the location given, including Holland and Terrell Libraries and other WSU-Pullman libraries.  For materials not found in the catalog, ask a librarian to assist you in checking other indexes, particularly for documents prior to 1990. Older documents are shelved on the 3rd floor in Holland Library and the 3rd floor of the Owen Science & Engineering Library in the Jackson Document (non-federal documents) sections. Documents unavailable at WSU can be borrowed from the Washington State Library.

View a list of the libraries in Washington which are state depository members.

State Comparison Websites

Finding State and Local Government Information

State and Local Government Information

Search state and local government documents through library catalogs--try the WSU catalog, Search It,  to find state documents in paper copy.  Documents received since 1990 are assigned a Library of Congress call number and shelved with non-documents.  Previous to 1990 the Jackson classification was used for non-federal documents.  Jackson collections are in the Owen Science and Engineering Library, 3rd floor, and the Holland and Terrell Libraries, 3rd floor.

State and local documents can also be found in electronic format by using library catalog links, by using the links in this guide, and by searching the Internet directly for state and local publications.

Washington State Government Information

 ".... As defined in Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 40.06.010 (4) "State publication" means information published by state agencies, regardless of format, intended for distribution to state government or the public.  Examples may include annual, biennial, and special reports required by law, state agency newsletters, periodicals, and magazines, and other informational material intended for general dissemination to state agencies, the public, or the legislature."  --Washington State Library web page on state publications

Washington State Library Catalog includes state publications back to 1889.

The WSU Libraries is a member of the Washington State Depository System (see the left side bar for more information about the state depository system). 

Notable State Documents

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