Western is a depository library for U.S. government publications. The federal government sends WWU thousands of publications, which the university promises to make available to the public. Western has been a depository since the 1960s and has hundreds of thousands of federal publications.
Western is also a depository for Washington state documents. We were also a depository for Canadian federal documents until the program was cancelled in 2013. Besides paper, fiche, CD-ROMs and posters, Western sometimes receives exclusive access to federal websites. For example, the Homeland Security Digital Library is only available through depository libraries.
Most government documents circulate. They can be checked out by anyone with valid identification, not just Western students. People can also borrow them through InterLibrary Loan at their public libraries.
If you need help please call the Reference Desk at 360-650-3094 or contact Rob Lopresti.
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On Friday, November 1, 2013, Western celebrated its 50th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library. Here are some photos from the festivities. (Thanks to Michelle Becker and Tamara Belts for the pictures.)
This display contained one document for each year since we became a depository. Click on the list to see what was hot the year you were born.
We also had a panel of faculty speaking about how they use government information. Thanks to Andy Bach, Paul Chen, Zite Hutton, and Kevin Leonard. Zite Hutton provided a copy of her Powerpoint presentation.
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