Government Documents

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.

Tomlinson Library is a selective depository library. As a selective depository, we receive only a portion of what is published. The library receives about 50 percent of the publications made available. Tomlinson Library selects material that reflects CMUs 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 Research Help Desk or via Ask a Librarian. Documents may be requested through the catalog and picked up at the Checkout & Reserves Desk. Those not affiliated with CMU may request a Colorado Library Card, or discuss other options at the Checkout & Reserves Desk.


Location of Documents

Paper Documents: The paper document collection is located in the library's storage facility; items are available upon request. Selected publications are located on the first floor Reference area for use in the library. Some older material may not appear in the online catalog. Contact one of the Librarians to initiate a search.

Microfiche: The microfiche collection is located in the library's storage facility; items are available upon request.

CD/DVDs: The CD/DVD collection is located in the library's storage facility; items are available upon request.

Maps: The Map collection is located on the second floor of the library; selected maps are also available upon request from the library's storage facility. Topographic maps are available on the second floor for Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Periodicals: 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.

Electronic: 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.


Government Internet Links


Superintendent Of Documents Classification System

Search the Library Catalog for government documents

Government Document Depository

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access is guaranteed by public law. For help accessing the government documents collection, see any library staff member. (Title 44 United States Code)

Hours and Contact

Government Publications Librarian 970.248.1863

Ask a Librarian