176.3 U.S. Government Documents Depository

Created by: Stephanie Ferguson on 10/10/2005
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 70 - Library
Originator: Director of Libraries
Current File: 176.3
Adoption Date: 04/20/2017
Reviewed for Currency: 04/20/2017
Replaces File: 176.3
Date of Origin: 11/24/1992
Classification: Faculty
In Archive? 0

176.3 U.S. Government Documents Depository


A. Background

In 1964 the library at Furman University was designated as a selective U.S. Government Documents Depository.


B. Policy

Furman University Libraries maintains a selective U.S. Government Documents Depository in compliance with Title 44 U.S. Code to serve the citizens of South Carolina's Fourth Congressional District and Furman University. The depository receives approximately 17 percent of the documents available to federal depository libraries.


C. Guidelines

1. The U.S. Government Documents Depository Collection is arranged by Superintendent of Documents classification. All documents received through the U.S. Government Documents Depository system are:

       a. Supplied and shipped free of charge to Furman University libraries; however, they remain the property of the federal government.

       b. Selected, processed, and made available in compliance with Title 44 U.S. Code.

       c. Listed in the online library catalog.


 2. Access does not extend to circulation privileges. According to Title 44 U.S. Code, a depository library cannot give preferential access to government documents to any patron group (i.e., students and faculty). Therefore, government publications are for in-house use only.


 3. Furman provides necessary space, staffing, and equipment to maintain the collection in compliance with the law.


 4. Government publications not available at Furman can be acquired through Interlibrary Loan (See File 174.1, "Interlibrary Loans") or at the regional depository the University of South Carolina in Columbia.


 5. As part of the Documents Collection, the Furman University Libraries also maintain a small South Carolina state documents collection but is not an official state depository.