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Government Documents

Federal government information is available for free public use. The Library has been a designated federal depository since 1917. In 2004 it became a virtual depository of the Federal Depository Library System. The depository selects approximately 7% of items published by the Federal Government. The majority of these items are only available through the internet. To access our most frequently used government Internet resources click the following link: Government websites

We also receive about 50 items in paper. Most of this material is cataloged and placed in the library’s book collection. It can be accessed by using our online public catalog. A few ephemeral items are kept in the Reference Office.


Ephemeral government documents (pamphlets, posters information sheets, etc.) are kept in the Reference Office for five years. After which they are disposed of according to FDLP regulations. Below is a list of this material.

Posters Commerce Department
Posters Interior Department
Posters Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Government Depository Libraries Directory
Reproducible Federal Tax Forms for Use in Libraries
Hubble Science Year in Review
Regulations, Rules, Instructions Government Printing Office

The following items are kept in the Technical Services area of the Library and can be accessed by contacting the Head of Reference.

Classification Library of Congress
Classification Schedule C, Auxiliary Sciences of History Library of Congress
Classification Schedule T, Technology Library of Congress
Subject Headings Manual Library of Congress
Subject Cataloging Manual, Shelflisting Library of Congress
LC Rule Interpretations Library of Congress
Library of Congress Subject Headings and Supplements

For further information on government documents contact:

James W. Macinick
Head of Reference & Information Literacy Instruction
Greenley Library
Farmingdale State College

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