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.
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|
|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|
|ITC||International Trade Commission|
|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|
|SSA||Social Security Administration|
|TD||Department of Transportation|
|VA||Department of Veteran Affairs|
|X and Y||Congress|
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.