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This research guide describes the government documents collection at the Omaha Public Library.

History of the Collection

The Federal Depository Library Program was established in 1813 by Congress to make information by the three branches of the Federal Government available to the public. Designated in 1880, Omaha Public Library is the oldest depository library in Nebraska, and one of 14 serving as a depository library in the state.

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Overview of the Collection

Omaha Public Library is a selective depository library which means it receives a selected portion of documents offered by the Government Printing Office (GPO). Print documents are housed on the 2nd floor of the W. Dale Clark Main Library. Many electronic documents are available online through the GPO's Federal Digital System. A portion of documents are cataloged and linked in the OPL Catalog to be checked out.

The collection contains approximately 508,000 federal documents including bound volumes, pamphlets, microfiche, topographic maps, DVDs, and videos. These documents are organized by their SuDoc Number, which means each document is identified by the department or agency. 

Listed below are most, but not all, of the Departments and Independent Agencies that are currently in the Main Library Government Documents collection. There is also a list of documents available on OPL's website.

A Department of Agriculture
AE National Archives and Records Administration
C Census Bureau
D Defense Department
E Energy Department
ED Education Department
EP Environmental Protection Agency
GA  Government Accountability Office
GP   Government Printing Office
GS General Services Administration
HE  Health and Human Services Department
HH  Housing and Urban Development Department
HS Homeland Security
I Interior Department
ITC International Trade Commission
J Justice Department
JU Judiciary
L Labor Department
LC Library of Congress
NAS National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NF National Foundation of the Arts and the Humanities
NS National Science Foundation
PR President of the United States
PREX Executive Office of the President
PRVP Vice President of the United States
S Department of State
SBA Small Business Administration
SI Smithsonian Institution
SSA Social Security Administration
T Treasury Department 
TD Department of Transportation
VA Department of Veteran Affairs
X and Y Congress

Subject Guide

Beth Pakiz
(402) 444-4817
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Access to the Collection

Anyone can visit a Federal depository library and have free access to the collection. An OPL Library card is not required to use the Government Documents collection in the library.

Some items may be checked out, however you must have an OPL Library card. When feasible OPL will circulate items through interlibrary loan.

Please email the Government Documents Librarian to inquire about which items may be circulated.