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Government Documents Collections

We collect government documents and materials in three primary areas, United States Government Documents, State of Mississippi Documents and Maps. For more information about the Government Documents Collection please see our Collections Policy page.

United States Government

Designated as a Federal depository in 1883, the Library’s collection has grown to include over 800,000 paper documents, 1.5 million microforms, and over 250,000 maps. The historical print collections date from the beginning of the 19th century and include many reports of government-sponsored scientific and ethnographic explorations. The Library also owns the entire nineteenth century Congressional Serial Set and provides full-text access via Proquest Congressional. Significant components of the collection include census reports and USGS, DOE, EPA, and NASA technical reports.

The bulk of the federal depository collection is located on the ground floor of the library on the Lyceum side (see map). Most documents can be checked out (see Government Documents: Lending Policies). The nineteenth century collection is stored in the Library Annex. These items will be retrieved on request. Virtual access to more than 400,000 publications is available via the library catalog and One Search discovery service.

State of Mississippi

Although the State Depository Program wasn’t legislated until 1966, the Library’s collection includes significant historical Mississippi documents from the nineteenth century such as Department Reports, the Laws, and Senate and House Journals. The entire state documents collection is cataloged and searchable in the library’s online catalog. The State Documents Collection is located in the Library Annex, the library’s offsite storage facility. State Documents can be requested from the Annex and are typically delivered within 24 hrs (Monday-Thursday) to the main library for viewing.

Maps Collection

The maps collection consists of more than 250,000 federal depository maps and charts from government agencies.

Current and historical topographic maps of all fifty states and territories from the U.S Geological Survey comprise the largest part of this collection. Many are also available for sale or downloading from the U.S.G.S. website. They are organized within states by map name and filed flat in map cases.

Nautical charts from NOAA cover the coastline and harbors of the continental U.S.. Alaska and Hawaii, while those from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency cover the world. Current charts are available online at

Aeronautical charts are issued by the FAA. Examples of these can be found at .

The collection also includes thousands of agricultural, recreational, political, economic, and statistical thematic maps from almost every federal agency. These include maps of national parks and forests, CIA maps of foreign countries, congressional district maps, and soil survey maps. All these maps can be checked out for a two week loan.

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