Congress established the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) to ensure the American public access to its government's information. In 1932 Senator Samuel Shortridge designated the UCLA Library a selective Federal Depository Library (0043) to support informational needs of residents in the 29th Congressional district and the UCLA community. This federal program, administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows libraries to obtain federal government publications while agreeing to maintain the collection and provide public access and information services.
The federal collection consists of more than million print and online items in various formats, including books, periodicals, maps, pamphlets, posters, and electronic resources, in subject such as legislation, education, demography, economics, business, agriculture, military, engineering, patents, and cartography. Our federal depository collection is integrated with general collections using Library of Congress subject classification, and is fully cataloged and searchable through the UCLA Library Catalog.
The general public is welcome to use materials in the library. Federal depository law guarantees free and unimpeded access to the collection (44 U.S.C. § 1911). To access online electronic publications and electronic databases, the Library maintains public terminals meeting the Recommended Specifications for Public Access Workstations in Federal Depository Libraries.