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Guide to Finding Government Documents in the WVU Libraries

Federal government documents, including books, journals, pamphlets, posters, maps, microfiche, CD-ROMs, and DVDs, are received and processed in the Downtown Campus Library. Web access to many government publications is also available. All libraries on campus contain some federal government documents in their collections.

Notable Government Documents located at the WVU Libraries:


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Downtown Campus Library – Federal Register, Congressional Record, Serial Set, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and the map collection.


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Evansdale Library – Braille Book Review, NASA, Nuclear Regulatory Commission issuances, National Park Service maps, and Soil Surveys.



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Health Science Library – Health statistics and reports on various subjects including mortality, health, American Cancer Society, AIDS, and PTSD. All Government Documents at the Health Sciences Library are in closed stacks. Please see the Access Services desk for assistance.



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George R. Farmer Law Library – Current 2 years of the Federal Register, current year of the Code of Federal Regulations, and Supreme Court case reports.

Most Government Documents are cataloged with Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) call numbers.


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The Downtown Campus Library has the largest collection of government documents. Paper and bound formats are located on the lower level in the compact shelving unit. This includes:

For more information about Congressional Publications in the Downtown Campus Library, see the Research Guide.

Examples of other noteworthy government documents in the Downtown Campus Library print collection include:


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Also on the lower level is the map collection, located in room 122 . For more information on maps, see the Map Collection Research Guide.



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The first floor of the Downtown Campus Library houses the Government Documents census collection. This includes:


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The second floor of Downtown Campus Library houses the Government Documents microforms collection. This includes:

Some Government Documents are also located at the Libraries' Depository, an offsite storage facility that is closed to the general public. These items will be marked with the location "Depository Closed Stacks."  You can request the item through Book Express +, where it will be available for pick up at the library location of your choice. 

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