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FDLP Content: About the FDLP Basic Collection
Federal depository libraries are required to provide access to all Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) content and catalog or point to the content that is most useful to library patrons. This guide describes that content.
If you prefer to keep your library’s users on your pages or guides, create links to the resources within your own site.
Purchase and make available commercial equivalents (tangible or electronic) of the Basic Collection titles
Incorporate Basic Collection titles into topical bibliographies or guides
Acquire the print format, if desired, by selecting corresponding item numbers. Catalog the receipts.
Many catalog records include more than one PURL. The links from this guide connect to the most current content. Review each catalog record for additional links.
Please note that selective Federal depository libraries are not required to select any of these titles in tangible format.
You do not need to use the name "FDLP Basic Collection" when referencing the collection. If you find that your library users would make better sense of another name, such as "Core FDLP Resources", for example, please describe the titles in a way that makes the most sense for your community.
The list of titles constituting the FDLP Basic Collection was originally developed in 1977 to identify the most basic Federal documents for inclusion in all Federal depository collections. The list has been periodically updated since then, as library user needs and agency publication practices have changed.
References to microfiche item numbers have been removed from lists of item numbers available for selection.
Libraries holding Basic Collection titles in microfiche may continue to use this format to meet the access requirement to the titles. As such, the catalog search and OCLC numbers for records describing microfiche remain available.