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This guide is designed to provide an overview of the Federal Government Documents Available through the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

The public is now able to access physical Government Documents in the Ross Pendergraft Library & Technology Center, but computer access is currently restricted to ATU students, staff, and faculty. These measures were put into place to slow the spread of the COVID-19. Online government records can still be accessed outside of the library.

If you have a government information or reference question, please email or call (479) 964-0561.

If you would like to know more about the library's COVID-19 policies, read the library blog.

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Charity Park
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(479) 964-0561

What is a Selective Depository Library?

A selective depository library is "a depository library in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) that receives only item numbers that fulfill the primary needs of users within the geographic area it is designated to serve, usually based on its stated mission." -Joan M. Rietz, 2014, from Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science.

The Ross Pendergraft Library selects approximately 32% of the government publications available through the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO). 

More about the FDLP Program

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).

Since 1813, select U.S. Government documents have been made available throughout the United States and its territories to designated libraries. These designated libraries are called Federal depository libraries.

As members of the FDLP, depository libraries play a prominent role in providing Federal Government information to the public. FDLP libraries collaborate on a local and national level to provide informed access to both historical and current Federal Government resources distributed through the FDLP and deposited in libraries across the country.

Anyone can visit Federal depository libraries and use the Federal depository collections which are filled with information on careers, business opportunities, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics, and numerous other subjects.

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.

Learn more about this program at


October Holidays and History

National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

October 4-10, 2020 - The Fire Prevention Week 2020. Check out the Proclamation on Fire Prevention Week, 2020.

October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security was founded. 

October 12, 2020 - Columbus Day (second Monday in October) Several states and cities celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day rather than Columbus Day. Learn more about Indigenous Peoples Day.

October 16, 1916 - Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S., in Brooklyn, NY.

October 24-31, 2020 - Learn more about bats from the National Park Service during Bat Week.