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Hilton C. Buley Library


United States Federal Documents Resources: Buley Library Despository - The Federal Facts

This guide will assist library patrons with finding and using U.S. Federal Government information.


The Federal Depository Coordinator for Buley Library is David Feinmark, Collection Development Librarian.
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Hilton C. Buley Library
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent St.
New Haven, CT 06515


Curious George

Feature classic book from the
Library of Congress's digital collections.
The Rocket Book (1912)
 By Peter Newel

The upward progress of a rocket, lit in the basement by the janitor's son, causes some strange situations as it passes through 20 floors of apartments!

50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis


Welcome to the Hilton C. Buley  Federal Depository Library



Southern Connecticut State University's H.C. Buley Library has been a member of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1968. The library is in the 3rd U.S. Congressional District in Connecticut and serves the research and curriculum needs of Southern's faculty and student, as well as the general public. The library is a medium size academic library and selects about 24% of items available from the FDLP program. Half of these selected items are full-text online items. 

What is a Federal Depository Library? The Depository Library System was established in 1813 to collect, publish, and assist users in locating federal government information. Currently there are more than 1,200 federal depository libraries in the country. All of these libraries are open to the public and library parons will be provided with reference service. Connecticut has 28 selective depository libraries that provide valuable federal resources to the public. The Connecticut State Library in Hartford serves as the state's regional depository library and receives everything published by the U.S. government. All of the libraries in the Connecticut State University Libraries Consortium have been designated as federal depository libraries.

U.S. federal documents are published in a variety of formats:

  • Print
  • Microfiche maps
  • Pamphlets
  • Posters
  • CD-ROMs
  • Full-text online resources.

More and more government documents are published only in electronic formats and are directly available from the library's SouthernSearch. Buley Library has several public access computers that can be used by visitors. Buley Library's SouthernSearch is the first place to begin when looking for government publications held by any of the state university libraries, the community college libraries, or the Connecticut State Library.

All library patrons can stop at the library's reference desk and ask for assistance. Buley Library has 2 public computers that can be used by all library patrons. You will need to ask a reference librarian to log you into our campus network. Reference librarians and the government documents coordinator can be contacted by phone or e-mail for additional assistance. The Reference Desk phone number is (203) 392-5732. The Documents Coordinator's position is currently vacant.


SouthernSearch is part of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities integrated library system. Federal publications are available from Southern, Central, Eastern, Western, and the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. You can be search by author, title, keyword, federal agency, location, or through a variety of other filters to locate federal documents. Buley Library catalogs all documents using the Library of Congress Classification System and integrates all physical materials into the circulating collection. Some sources may be housed in the Reference or Periodicals Collections and will not circulate. SouthernSearch will indicate the location and status of each item.

Southern faculty, students, and staff can check out most material with their ID cards. Any government documents located at the other state university libraries and the Connecticut State Library can be requested through SouthernSearch and delivered by the daily courier service. Library guests are welcome to use all resources in the library and can use our two book scanners to copy, e-mail, or download to a USB drive any material. Buley Library also participates in the Interlibrary Loan system and will send material to public, academic, and special libraries.