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Government Information: Collection Information and Access

U.S. Government Information

As a participant in the US Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the MIT Libraries receive selected United States government publications in various formats in research areas relevant to MIT.

Under the terms of the FDLP, depository materials are made freely available for use by the general public.  Depository users are subject to the MIT Library Use Policy and are expected to adhere to the same standards of behavior expected of other library users.  For additional information about use of depository materials, see the Access Policy for FDLP Materials and Library Services for Visitors.

Visit the Collection Development Policy for more information on materials we select for the federal depository collection.

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State and Local Government Information

The MIT Libraries have a basic level collection of Massachusetts state and local documents.

  • Documents from state and local planning agencies are at Rotch Library.
  • Materials on state politics and government are at Dewey Library.

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International Government Information

The MIT Libraries collect international documents in all formats from many intergovernmental organizations and national governments to support the Institute's academic programs, most notably those in economics, political science, and urban studies and planning.

Dewey Library has statistical publications of national governments and strong collections of materials published by:

  • The United Nations system
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • The World Bank
  • The International Monetary Fund
  • The European Union

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FDLP Collection Areas

  • Earth sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Nuclear science
  • Economics
  • Political science
  • Urban and regional planning

Agencies Represented

  • Bureau of the Census
  • Congress
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Transportation
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • United States Geological Survey