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Glossary of Government Documents Terms
Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)
Established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information.
Provides Government information at no cost to designated depository libraries throughout the country and territories.
MIT has been a depository since 1946
The authority for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the legal obligations of designated Federal depository libraries are found in 44 United States Code §§1901‐1916.
Refers to a category of materials (i.e., a group of SuDocs numbers)
Includes either one SuDocs number of multiple numbers
The basis for our "selections" from the FDLP
(also known as SuDocs, SuDoc class, classification number, or class number)
A call number; what you'd put on the spine label, using a different classification system
"SuDocs Number" is derived from
SUperintendent of DOcuments Classification number. Based on the agency that issues the document, rather than on subject
Each number has two parts:
Stem: begins with a letter or letters, which designate the agency issuing the document, and ends with a colon
LC, for the Library of Congress
A, for the Department of Agriculture
NAS, for NASA
Individual book number: everything that follows the colon
Selection Cycle Procedures (coming soon)
Weeding Procedures (coming soon)