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U.S. Government Information at UMD

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Administered by the Government Publishing Office (GPO), the mission of the FDLP is to make government information freely available to the public.

Timeline:

  • 1813 - U.S. government creates its first depository library program.
  • 1925 - UMD becomes a depository library.
  • 1962 - Congress passes the Depository Library Act of 1962 (Pub. L. 87-579)
  • 1965 - UMD becomes a regional depository library.
  • 2016 - UMD is the regional federal depository library for 59 federal depository libraries in Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia

As a regional depository, UMD administers the FDLP in its service region. UMD's depository library coordinator is Celina McDonald, who came to UMD in 2014. Library patrons can schedule an appointment with her to receive research assistance.

If you are a federal depository library coordinator and would like additional information regarding the program in MD, DE, and DC, please visit the LibGuide. There you will find information regarding the region's discard process, legal requirements and guidelines, and how to connect with other libraries in the region. Federal depository library coordinators who would like to contact the regional librarian can send an email to contact her directly.

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“This library is a congressionaly designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)”