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Government Information

Federal Depository Library

This library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code). Since its establishment in 1813, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) has collected, organized, and preserved information produced by the government and assisted citizens in finding and using that information.

Accessing Government Information

Most documents can be located by searching the library's catalog, GIL-Find, by subject, keyword, title, etc. You may limit your search to primary resources with the facets along the left side of the screen from your initial search results. Each record will whether the document is held physically at Henderson Library or available online.

All government documents are available for use by members of the Georgia Southern community as well as the general public, and most materials are available for checkout, including during altered service provision due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ask at the Checkout Desk for details, by calling 912-478-5647.

Access to government information on the internet is available via the library computers for GS students. Calendar and Hours:

For research assistance or questions about service during limited operation: Ask for assistance via Chat.

E-mail the Government Information Librarian at

See the University Libraries Remote Access Page for resources and services available during COVID-19 campus closure.

Call Numbers and Subjects

Government Documents are shelved using the Superintendent of Documents classification system, which is a provenance arrangement. This means that rather than a topical arrangement, items are shelved by authoring agency or committee. Call numbers are most commonly referred to as Sudocs under this arrangement. 


The FDLP website provides a guide to understanding the SuDoc classification system. 


SuDoc Classification Chart

Government Information Portals

Finding Aids