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Government Documents Depository Collections

The Government Documents Collection, located in Lockwood Memorial Library, is a depository library for United States, New York State, European Union, and Canadian federal documents. Depository libraries make most of these documents available to the general public for borrowing.

A United States depository library since 1963, Lockwood Memorial Library currently receives 80% of the documents available. Depository libraries provide local, no-fee access to Government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance. The collection formerly housed in the Science and Engineering Library has been integrated with the Lockwood Library Documents Collection on the first floor of Lockwood.

The Law Library is also a United States depository library, specializing in legal documents.

Most documents are cataloged in the UB Libraries Catalog.

Government documents are generally assigned Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) call numbers. Unlike Library of Congress call numbers that follow a subject arrangement, the SuDoc classification scheme is organized by government agencies. New York State and Canadian federal documents also have their own respective classification systems. European Union documents have Library of Congress call numbers and are integrated into Lockwood Memorial Library's general collection.

If you are looking for a particular item and cannot locate it, please consult a documents reference librarian.

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Last Update: 7 August 2012