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Government Information Collections

Federal and California depository collections

Access as of June 21, 2021

While limited services and study areas in the Henry Madden Library building are currently available, our Research Help services remain virtual.

Our in-building services are mostly limited to picking up materials and tech lending devices that are requested online.

Please contact Carol Doyle with questions about the Government Information collections:

See for more information and links to the Library's virtual services.

In-person appointments during limited-services period


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The Madden Library is a selective depository for United States federal and California state government publications. 
It was designated a Federal depository in 1962, a depository for USGS maps in 1967, and a California state depository in 1945.

The collection covers a broad spectrum of interests, such as water quality, education, climate change, welfare, government finance, annual reports from agencies, legislative materials, crime, and health issues.
The collection is particularly strong in statistical and Congressional information, and material on subjects such as education, public policy, geology, and agriculture.

We provide free public access for government information received through the depository programs.