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Government Documents

The Lewis J Ort library is a selective Federal Depository Library and also collects 100% of Maryland state documents.



Photo of map cases and stacks in the Government Documents area.

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 selected Maryland state documents. In addition, the library also has an extensive collection of US Geological Survey maps, folded maps, and atlases.

You can search for most of our government documents collection using OneSearch or catalogUSMAI.

Most Federal print documents and microforms 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.

Many Maryland State documents are also cataloged.  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 and temporary/uncataloged items, newsletters, brochures, and public hearings are housed in cabinets in the Government Documents Collection on floor two. These can be searched by reviewing the Maryland Documents Finding Aid.

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.


Government Documents Library Staff

Lisa Hartman
Reference Librarian III / Government Documents Coordinator

Molly Nelson
Library Services Supervisor

Additional Area Government Depository Contacts

University of Maryland - College Park (UMCP)
(Maryland-Delaware-DC Regional Depository)
Celina McDonald
Government Information Librarian

West Virginia University (WVU)
(West Virginia Regional Depository)
Matthew Steele
Associate University Librarian