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Government Documents

The Government Documents collection, housed in Research Services, contains selected items from the depository programs of the United States Federal Government and the United Nations.

Most documents can be checked out. Materials which cannot be checked out include the census publications, the Congressional Record, the Serial Set, and documents on microfiche.

Find documents published in or after 1997 in the Online Catalog. Older documents may not be cataloged; ask a librarian for help locating them. Items not in our collection can be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Learn more about finding and using government documents, United States government documents, and United Nations documents. For research assistance or to schedule instructional sessions, call (662) 325-7667 or email Christine Fletcher.

Mitchell Memorial Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to government documents is guaranteed by public law. See our policy for collecting federal government documents.

United States Government documents or publications are defined as any printed or processed book, paper, periodical, pamphlet, map, microform, or electronic product prepared and published at public expense by the United States Congress or by any of the Executive Departments, independent agencies, or judicial bodies of the U.S. Government. They are not copyrighted and may be reproduced freely. They may be divided into three categories:


Documents relating to the work or proceedings of Congress.


Court decisions published by the United States judicial system.


Publications from Executive Departments (Health and Human Services, Treasury, etc.) and independent agencies (Federal Election Commission, etc.).

MSU Libraries is Mississippi's first United Nations depository, joining over 400 other libraries in 144 countries.

As a library of "full depository status with an electronic component," we receive all United Nations documents and materials in either paper or electronic format that depositories are allowed to receive [no restricted documents, conference papers (distributed to conference participants only), some working papers, promotional items, etc.].

Access to UN documentation (with comprehensive coverage beginning in 1993 and selected earlier coverage) and UN Resolutions (including the official records version of resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council since 1946) is offered through the main database, Official Document System (ODS).

Housed in Special Collections.