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This year, Mississippi State University's Mitchell Memorial Library marks its 100th anniversary as a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

On March 1, 1907, under the provisions of the Nelson Amendment to the First and Second Morrill Acts, 43 land-grant colleges entered the FDLP, including then Mississippi A & M College. This was the largest group of libraries ever to enter the program in a single year.

Since it was established by Congress in 1813, the FDLP has collected, organized and preserved information published by the U.S. government, and assisted the American public in locating and using it.

Libraries designated as federal depositories provide local, free access to information from the U.S. government in impartial environments. Expert assistance in locating specific information is available from government documents librarians. Depository libraries include academic, public, law, and community college libraries, as well as state and federal libraries. They are located in nearly every congressional district throughout the U.S. and its territories.

The Library's federal depository collections are available for use by everyone. These collections include documents in print, microfiche, CD/DVD, and online formats. They cover a wide range of topics relevant to the general public and to professionals, researchers and students in almost every field of study.

Richard G. Davis, Director of Library Services and Content Management at the GPO, commended the land-grant libraries for "their long-term commitment to making federal government information available to the public through the FDLP." The GPO sent each of these libraries a crystal plaque to commemorate their 100th anniversaries as federal depositories.

To learn more about the Library's federal depository collections, visit the Government Documents Web site at http://library.msstate.edu/govdocs/index.asp.

To learn more about the FDLP, or to locate other depository libraries, visit www.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/index.html.



About MSU Libraries:

Mississippi State University Libraries is a premier research library providing its communities of users an ongoing, creative, technologically advanced library program that provides new and emerging technologies; enhances and inspires teaching, research, and service of the highest caliber in an environment of free and open inquiry and with a commitment to excellence. For more information about MSU Libraries, please visit http://library.msstate.edu/ .

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