Please note: while we try to keep our guides as up-to-date as possible, the most current information on WSU Pullman Library operations and Services can be found at the links below:
If you need assistance, please use the "Schedule Appointment" link under my photo on the left side of this guide. You can also email me directly at oenglishATwsu.edu. - Lorena
Help with searching and finding government documents is available at the reference desks in Terrell Library and the Owen Science & Engineering Library. Help via chat, e-mail, FAQ, and phone is available--see Ask a Question!
Instruction on finding and using government documents is available for classes and groups and can be tailored to the needs of the students or audience. Frequently requested topics include
Classes can be scheduled for English Composition classes through Library Instruction on the scheduling page; classes in other departments can be arranged by contacting the Government Information Librarian, Lorena O'English (see box on the left).
Checking out Documents
Many government documents are available in electronic form, linked in the library catalog or available directly from government databases or the Internet. The WSU Libraries has a large collection of circulating documents as well. The table below provides loan information for these documents:
|Format||Owen Library||Holland & Terrell Libraries|
|6 weeks||6 weeks [longer for honors students, graduate students, staff, and faculty]|
|periodical volumes||6 days||6 days|
|microfiche||do not circulate||do not circulate [Reader/printers are available]|
|maps||7 days||2 weeks|
|documents in reference||do not circulate||.|
What are government documents? Material produced or published by government entities, whether local, state, national, or international, is considered 'government information' or 'government documents.'
About This Guide:
Note that government information permeates virtually all academic disciplines, so many of the other library guides available from the WSU Libraries may also contact links to government information.
The federal government established a system of depository libraries in 1813. The WSU Libraries, #0643, became a depository in 1907 along with many other land grant institution libraries. The FDLP symbol is posted at the entryway to the Holland and Terrell Libraries and the Owen Science & Engineering Library as well as on the Libraries' home page.
The State of Washington also has a depository program, started in 1963. The WSU Libraries is a full state depository and receives all of the documents distributed by the state government.