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Government PublicationsTomlinson Library

Government Publications is a collection of information sources that have been produced and distributed by the various departments, bureaus, and agencies of the federal government.  Colorado Mesa University became a depository library in 1985 and is one of 1400 in the United States.  The purpose of depository libraries is to make U.S. Government Publications easily accessible to the general public and to insure their continued availability in the future.   Free access to the resources of the documents collection by the general public is an obligation of all Federal Depository Libraries.  Colorado Mesa University is a selective depository library.  As a selective depository, we receive only a portion of what is published.  Colorado Mesa University receives about 50 percent of the publications made available.  Tomlinson Library selects material that reflects CMU's curriculum and those materials that would be of interest to the population of the Western Slope of Colorado.  Government Publications assistance is available at the all temporary service locations. Documents may be requested through the catalog and picked up at Grand Mesa Hall.

Location of Documents

Paper Documents:

The paper document collection is located on the north east side of the third floor of the library.  Some publications are located on the first floor in the Reference Department.


The microfiche collection is located with other microform collections on the second floor near the reader/printers used to view and print the documents.


The CD/DVD collection is located on the north east side of the third floor of the library at the beginning of the paper collection.


The Map collection is located on the third floor of the library. The topographic map collection is filed in the dusty rose map cases located at the beginning of the paper collection. The USGS geologic maps are filed in file cabinets in the north east corner after the paper collection.


Many periodicals are shelved with the periodical collection located on second floor. The titles of periodicals the library has are listed in the online catalog as well as the Journal Finder.


All computers in the library available for use by the public will access the online government publications. Computers are located on all three floors of the Library.



Superintendent Of Documents Classification System

Search the Library Catalog for government documents

Government Internet Links

gov docs logo This library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Hours and Contact

Government Publications Librarian 970.248.1863

Reference Desk 970.248.1860

Regular Reference Desk Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. Friday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday
2:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday