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Government Information Guide

This guide includes all the other government information guides.

About Denison's Federal Depository Library Collection

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"This Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents.  Public access to the grovernment documents collection is guaranteed by public law. ( Title 44 United States Code)"

The William Howard Doane Library at Denison University was designated a Federal Depository Library by U. S. Rep. Buriah Wilkins on March 1, 1884. Since that time it has provided free public access to government information to the citizens of Licking County and surrounding communities.

All depository items, including online resources, are cataloged and accessible through CONSORT, the shared library catalog of Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the College of Wooster.

Most depository items are classified using the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system, and are housed on the 5th floor of the library. A small percentage of depository items are classified using the Library of Congress (LOC) classification system, and can be found in the library's main collection. 


Denison's unusual history as a depository library

Early in World War II, there was some fear that Washington, DC might be bombed. To protect our national heritage, valuable materials were removed from the Library of Congress and hidden at five sites around the country. Denison was the only site west of the Alleghenies in which part of this collection was stored. (See link to article below.)

Tools/Resources for Finding Government Information

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