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This Research Guide will assist you in locating U.S. government documents and West Virginia state documents.

For additional assistance please contact Tara Carlisle 304-876-5302 or email


Finding Government documents

Scarborough Library's collection of federal government documents available through the Federal Depository Library Program:
Scarborough Library is one of more than 1,150 libraries nationwide that are Federal Government Depositories.  Since 1813 depository libraries have provided free public access to Federal Government information.  The library has been a federal depository since 1971.  As a selective depository, we receive about 14% of the documents in the program.  Users can search for documents in the library's online catalog.  For major federal documents see the Basic Collection and Core Documents of U.S. Democracy.

The majority of the paper Depository Library Collection is located on the third floor outside the West Virginia Room (room 309). The microfiche Depository Library Collection is located on the ground floor in the compact storage area. Large government maps and posters are located in the Reference area on the main floor in the map case. Many documents in the Depository Library Collection are arranged in SuDoc order which is based on issuing agency. For an explanation of the SuDoc system see the guide Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification Scheme.

Notable U.S. Government documents and web sites:


West Virginia state government information on legislative actions, current laws, state agencies, services, and more:


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