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Depository Collections

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.

Search Engines

  • USA.GOV is the government's own search engine, suitable for searching federal and state webpages.
  • Metalib
    Metalib is the federal governments own federated search engine, allowing you to search the Library of Congress Catalog, FDsys, the Catalog of Government Publications, the AUPIndex of Military Periodicals, etc.



Government Publication of the Month

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Lincoln and His Printers: GPO in the Civil War - McGilvray, Daniel R.
Call Number: Western Library Haggard 2 - Government Information (GP 1.2:L63 )
Publication Date: 2013

Happy Anniversary!

In 2013, Western celebrated its 50th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library.  Click here to see one document from the year you were born.

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