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United States Federal Documents Resources: Buley Library Despository

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

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Jackie Toce
Buley Library Room 016
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
Subjects: World Languages



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 students, 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 1,100 federal depository libraries in the country. All of these libraries are open to the public and library patrons will be provided with reference service. Connecticut has 17 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.