Campbell Library is a selective depository for U.S. Government and New Jersey publications, receiving 42% of the publications distributed by the Federal Depository Library Program [FDLP]. The purpose of the Government Documents Collection is to provide open access to government information, and to support the academic and curricula needs of the university community.
Government documents do not circulate.
The evaluation of the collection is an ongoing process. The Documents Librarian continually assesses, reviews, and updates the collection with regard to the University's mission, community needs, and support of Academic programs.
Since there are no copyright restrictions on government material, all citizens are allowed to copy any Government Document material at the rate of 10 cents per page.
Location and Access
Most Government Documents are located in the Government Documents stack area, and are available for patron browsing on the second floor of the library, Room 245, during Library hours. These documents are arranged using SuDoc classification, but certain items are located alphabetically by title within the Periodicals Area, or, in the Reference or Circulating collections, using LC classification. CD-ROMs are organized using SuDoc numbers and are located to the right of the Government Documents reference desk.
Sources for Regulations
The law governing depository libraries, as well as their regulations and procedures for the administration of the collection, are contained in:
- Depository Library Act of 1962
- Title 44 of the United States Code
- U.S. Superintendent of Documents, Instructions to Depositories (GP 3.26:D 44/977)
Five-Year GPO Inspection
The FDLP conducts on-site inspections of each Federal Depositories throughout the United States. A trained GPO inspector makes appointments to conduct thorough inspections of all operations with the Documents Librarian, the Documents Assistant, the University Assistant Librarian, and the Dean of the Libraries. The inspection ensures that depository libraries are operating under the strict regulations set forth in Title 44.