About this Guide
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The Lewis J. Ort Library serves as a depository for both federal and state government documents. As the primary federal depository library in Western Maryland, the library is charged with providing the citizens of Maryland's three westernmost counties (Washington, Allegany, and Garrett) with federal government information and resources.
The library has participated in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1967 and collects approximately 30% of all government publications, focusing on documents relevant to FSU curriculum and to the communities we serve.
The library collects 100% of Maryland state documents. In addition, the library also has an extensive collection of USGS maps, folded maps, and atlases.
Most print documents and all microform are located in the Government Documents Collection on floor two of the library and are arranged by Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification numbers. The map collection is located in the large map cases on floor two.
All patrons are free to use the government documents and maps in the library, and patrons with a library card can check out most documents. Community users with a photo ID may obtain a library card at the circulation desk at no charge. For more information contact the circulation desk at (301) 687-4395.
You can search most of our government documents collection using catalogUSMAI, the online catalog for the University System of Maryland.
Many Maryland State documents are also catalogued. These are integrated into the collection and housed in the stacks (floors four and five), arranged by Library of Congress call number. Less widely-used state documents, such as reports, COMAR updates, newsletters, brochures, SHA public hearings, etc. are housed in cabinets in the Government Documents Collection on floor two.
GPO's Federal Depository Library Program (video)
Additional Area Government Depository Contacts
Allegany College of Maryland
University of Maryland - College Park (UMCP)
(Maryland-Delaware-DC Regional Depository)
Government Information Librarian
West Virginia University (WVU)
(West Virginia Regional Depository)
Associate University Librarian