The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. Every day the U.S. Government issues congressional bills, laws, regulations, presidential documents, studies, and more on a variety of topics. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).
JFK Memorial Library houses collections of documents received on deposit from the U.S. Federal Government and the State of Washington. These important materials have been received from the federal government since 1966. The collection's strengths include: Census, Education, Public Health, Indian Affairs, Geology, Mining, Earth Sciences, Congress, World War II, and Vietnam. State materials have been received since 1968 and include Pacific Northwest publications, state laws, regulations, and codes.
Access to both paper-based and electronic government information is provided for students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. Consult the EWU Library Catalog for the majority of documents at JFK Library. Consult the GPO Monthly Catalog (on FirstSearch) or the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, provided by GPO Access, for documents from 1976 to the present, which when applicable includes hot links to full-text documents available over the Internet.
The majority of the federal documents collection is located on the lower level of the library. The state documents are located in the general stacks and in the Special Collections Department on the lower level. For questions, please consult the JFK Library Reference Desk (509-359-2263).