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U.S. Government Documents: Federal Depository Library

Marquette University Eckstein Law Library is a selective Federal Depository Library for government documents. The Law Library receives approximately 3.8 percent of available publications.

Federal Depository Library

As a selective federal depository library in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), Marquette University Eckstein Law Library makes U.S. government documents available for public access for free. The public may access materials received under the FDLP during the Law Library's regular hours. Individuals using the materials must abide by all Law School, Law Library and University rules.  The Law Library adheres to the policies set forth in the Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program.





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Federal Depository Library Program

Federal Government information is made available for free public use in Federal depositiory libraries located thoughout the United States and its territories. Anyone can visit a Federal depository library and have free access to the collection.

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) began in 1895 and was established by Congress to ensure the public's access to its Government's information. The Government Printing Office (GPO) administers the FDLP on behalf of the participating libraries and the public.  Information products from the Federal Government are provided to these nationwide libraries so that the American public has free access to the materials, both in print and online.



Find a Federal Depository Library

You can locate a Federal Depository Library (FDLP) using the Federal Depository Library Directory (FDLD).                                                                                 

There are three methods for locating a library from the FDLP Directory webpage:

  • Clickable Map: clicking on the applicable state, commonwealth or territory on the map below
  • Basic FDLD Search: search by keyword in the Keyword search box below the map
  • Advance FDLD Search: search by specific types of data, such as Depository number, ZIP or area code, etc. in a single or multiple field search below the Basic search

For example, to find federal depository libraries in Wisconsin click on Wisconsin on the map and a list of 20 Federal Depositiory Libraries located in Wisconsin is revealed. Two of the libraries, Milwaukee Public Library and the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library are the state's Regional Federal Depository Libraries which means the libraries receive almost all government publications available through the FDLP. Marquette University Eckstein Law Library and the other libraries listed are selective Federal Depository Libraries - libraries which select certain titles for their collections.  If a selective federal depository library does not hold a title in its collection, the regional Federal Depository Library located nearest you is a good place to check.