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Access Policies


Locating Documents

Federal documents received by the library since August 1995 may be found using catalogUSMAI.

The Monthly Catalog from 1976 to the present can be accessed through Research Port and from 1954-96 in print on floor five of the library.

The other indexes listed above are in print and are located on floor two & five of the library.

Most print and all microform documents are located on floor two, arranged by Superintendent of Documents classification number.

Other print documents are shelved in the reference collection (floor two), periodicals (floor two), or stacks (floors four & five).

Stand-alone CD-ROMs and DVDs are accessed using a Government Documents computer on floor two.

Computers for public access are available on floors two and three.


Faculty members are encouraged to schedule instruction sessions on locating and using the Government Documents collection for their classes by contacting the Library Instruction Coordinator. Occasional documents workshops are also conducted and are available to FSU students, faculty, staff, and public. Assistance with individual research is available at the Reference Desk, floor two.

Circulation of Documents

Many print documents, maps, and some CD-ROMs circulate to FSU students, faculty, and staff as well as registered community borrowers. These documents circulate for 28 days and may be renewed. Microform does not circulate. Information and registration for community borrowing is available at the Library Circulation Desk (301-687-4395).

Obtaining Documents from Other Depository Libraries

FSU students, faculty, and staff may request documents that are not available in the library in one of two ways.

  1. If a document is available at another University System of Maryland (USM) campus library and appears on catalogUSMAI, it may be ordered using the "request" button. A valid FSU identification card is required.
  2. Patrons may also check out documents by visiting another depository.

If a document is not available from another USM depository, the document may be ordered using the online Interlibrary Loan request form. This service is only available to FSU students, faculty, and staff. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the Library Director.

Referral/Neighboring Depositories

Library patrons may wish to visit another depository to obtain Federal documents. The library cooperates with the Depository at Allegany College of Maryland in nearby Cumberland, MD. Three Regional Depositories are also located within a three hour drive of the FSU campus: University of Maryland at College Park, MD; West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; and the State Library of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA.

Electronic Access & Internet Use Policies

The library encourages electronic access of government documents. Catalog USMAI listings link to documents via the Internet, and many documents are available via GPOaccess.

One computer for public use of these services is available on floor two, and another on floor three, adjacent to the circulation desk.

The acceptable use of all public computers in the Lewis J. Ort Library, including those used for accessing depository information, is governed by the Library's Computer Use Policy statement.

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