Depository libraries must provide access to FDLP content. Although you select and collect the content for your library’s collection that best meets your patrons’ needs, you should be familiar with U.S. Government content in the FDLP in order to provide the best assistance with access to U.S. Government information.
From Legal Requirements and Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program, page 4:
8. The foundation of a depository library collection includes both tangible (e.g. print, microfiche, CD-ROM/DVD) and online content. Depository libraries must provide access to FDLP content, including:
Publications selected, distributed, and received through the Federal Depository Library Program.
The FDLP Basic Collection,
Publications available through official FDLP partnerships,
Online publications cataloged in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), including publications found in the Federal Digital System (FDsys) [GovInfo]; demonstrated through a combination of cataloging, creation of Web pages, or integration of online material into traditional library finding aids such as subject guides.
See Legal Requirements and Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program, page 4 for additional regulations related to depository collection development.
Provide access to all FDLP content and catalog or point to the content that is most useful to your library's patrons.
The only resources that a Federal depository library must select by item number and catalog are the tangible publications.
Depository resources that you have selected in paper, microfiche, CD or DVD-ROM, or other tangible format, housed in your library or at selective housing sites.
If your library doesn’t have a tangible depository publication, you may request it via interlibrary loan from your regional depository or other libraries or acquire it through the FDLP eXchange.
Each depository library “develops” an “online collection," a group of online Federal information products that the library determines best meets the Federal Government information needs of the community served.
Depository libraries must provide for the public access of online only FDLP depository resources. Your library staff will assist any patron in locating needed online U.S. Government publications in the FDLP. These resources are available through the CGP, GovInfo, and partnership resources.
A depository library today may develop a 100% digital collection. More about online only publications is described in “All or Mostly Online Federal Depository Libraries”.
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