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Government Information at FAU Libraries

Government Information and Maps Department

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The S.E. Wimberly Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents and has been since 1963. Public access to government document collection both print and digital is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code). We are committed to providing free and open public access to government information provided through the federal and state depository programs, as put forth in our Mission Statement.

Materials in the Government Documents Collection are located in the West Wing on the First Floor of the S.E. Wimberly Library. The library catalog can be searched to identify these resources.

If assistance from the Government Documents Coordinator is needed my office is located in Room LY 149 within the Research and Instructional Services Department Office Suite LY 157, or if I am not available my colleagues there in Research and Instructional Services Department are ready to assist you.  If you feel you need some detail assist, you are welcome to fill out a Request a Research Consultation or Faculty Orientation Form Form to set up an appointment. 


Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Additional hours by appointment.





Subject Librarian

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Lawrence Mello
Assistant University Librarian, Government Information and Maps Coordinator & Instruction and Engagement Department

S.E. Wimberly Library, LY 149

If you like a Research Consultation you can schedule a Zoom appointment with me!
(Flag icon below links to the Consultation Request Form)
"In these materials is democracy in all its redundancy, politics in its unsteady wanderings between the ridiculous and the sublime, the sum of our intellectual curiosity, our greed, our genius, and our stupidity; our search for facts, for justice, for advantage. Here, in short, is America; here are we."
Prof. Wayne Fields, from an address he gave upon the 100th-anniversary celebration of the federal depository at Washington University in St. Louis in 2006.  Professor Fields was speaking of the importance of government documents to his research and teaching (as an English professor) at the university.

Just as our nation's journey to independence had many pathways, so too does one have when seeking out information from the U.S. Federal Government. This guide will provide you with many pathways to the knowledge and information you seek. Start at the Government Resources homepage to find links for Federal, State, and International sources. Learn about how government works as well as making laws and regulations from and Ben's Guide. Search the Catalog of Government Publications (CGP) for a comprehensive catalog of print and online resources. Search the FAU Libraries Catalog for local holdings. Government Documents use the SuDoc classification system. Check out the new site govinfo for full-text access to GPO electronic resources. Find additional information about the FDLP.

FAU Libraries participate in the Florida State Documents Depository Program and receives materials from many branches of state government. Search the library catalog to find resources on Florida's state parks, educational system,  crime rates, and much more. Search the State Library of Florida catalog for many full-text e-resources.

Discover the many different Map Collections available at the S.E. Wimberly Library.

Additional Research Guides Containing Government Information Resources