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University at Buffalo Libraries

Lockwood Memorial Library

About Government Documents

The Government Documents Collection in Lockwood Library is open to students, faculty, and the general public during all hours the Libraries are open. U.S. federal government publications are located on the first floor of Lockwood Library. New York State and Canadian documents are located on the third floor of Lockwood Library. European Union documents are in the Lockwood Library Book Collection.

Need help? Reference/Information services for government information is available from the main desk on the 2nd floor of Lockwood Library.

In 1963 the University Libraries received depository designation from four governments.

The Libraries receive information from these governments for free. In turn, we make this information available to the entire community, both within and outside the University. The Libraries acquired over 800,000 government publications in paper and microfiche before the governments switched to online availability for most materials.

Library users can borrow most government publications. Upon presenting appropriate identification, the Circulation Department will provide those unaffiliated with the University courtesy cards to borrow depository documents. Note, these cards do not apply to other library materials.

The Libraries also selectively acquire materials from governments for which we are not a depository, including other local, state, national and multi-national governments.

A large part of the collection includes statistical information. The U.S. government is the largest producer of statistics in the world.