What is a federal depository library, and is the S. E. Wimberly Library one?

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is made up of public, state, and academic institutions that are responsible for collecting, maintaining, and providing the public with unrestricted access to government documents. Depository libraries do not own the documents but rather act as stewards of the documents.  

There are two kinds of depository libraries. Regional depository libraries hold a complete collection of government documents; selective depository libraries receive a subset of government documents, which includes a basic collection and additional materials. The regional depository library for Florida is housed at the University of Florida. 

Yes, the Wimberly Library at FAU is a selective federal depository library and has been one since 1963; the Government Information and Maps Department maintains the government documents collection. For more information, please visit

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Answered by Lawrence Mello
last updated: Jul 20, 2023