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Government Documents

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Andersen Library is a selective depository for U.S. and Wisconsin government documents. The Library also receives a few materials from international organizations, such as the UN and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Documents provide information useful in many fields, including business, economics, education, health & medicine, history, law, science, and social policy. They come in many formats, including paper, microfiche, videos, CD-ROMs/DVDs and Internet files. Most of the Library's documents are on the main/second level.

More detail on: Federal | Wisconsin | International documents
Also see the guide: How to Find Government Documents/Information

Assistance: Reference Service staff provide assistance with identifying, locating, and using documents housed in Andersen Library, available from other libraries, or provided on the Internet. The Library has an official policy statement on public service provided for depository materials in electronic formats, including Internet resources.

Copying, Printing, Scanning, & Circulation: A photocopier, microfiche readers, scanners, and printers are available. Printing (black & white) from computer workstations is free for University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students and staff, but non-University patrons must pay 10 cents per page. Color printing costs $1 per 8.5x11 page for all patrons. Photocopies cost 10 cents per page. Scanners are available for use at no charge unless files are printed (provide your own storage for files if you wish to save them, for example, to a USB drive). The Library's computers require a campus login, but a guest login is posted at each workstation. Most documents may be checked out by campus and community borrowers, except periodicals and titles that are rare or especially fragile. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students and staff may be able to request that documents held by other libraries be sent to Andersen Library through the Universal Borrowing service (if owned at another UW library) or through the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Service. Non-campus patrons must request such service through their home academic institution's library, or through their local public library.


FEDERAL DOCUMENTS

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Andersen Library has been a Congressionally-designated participant in the Federal Depository Library Program since 1963. Through this program, federal government agency publications are distributed to nearly 1,400 depository libraries across the U.S. to ensure free public access to government information. Andersen Library is a medium-sized depository, selecting more than 45% of the classes of documents available to federal depository libraries. Holdings are especially strong in Congressional materials and publications from the departments of Commerce, Education, and Labor, and from the U.S. Geological Survey. The Library also provides public access to federal government resources and law/legal research resources on the Internet at Library computer workstations with downloading and printing capabilities.

The east half of the Library's main/second floor houses most of its federal documents, including microfiche documents in cabinets near the Reference Collection on 2nd floor. Federal documents in CD-ROM/DVD format are kept in locked cabinets on the 1st floor; ask for assistance at the 2nd-floor Reference Desk. They may be installed upon request at designated workstations near the Reference Desk on the 2nd/Main floor.

The Harold Andersen Library's catalog lists most federal documents in Andersen Library published since 1976, and some older titles as well. A government-produced listing, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) may be used to identify U.S. government agencies' publications, including those Andersen Library does not receive:

  • The Catalog (CGP) on the Internet lists publications since 1976 (earlier records records for older titles are being added over time)
  • paper Monthly Catalog (and preceding titles) located near Andersen Library's Reference Desk list documents published before 1976

Most federal documents are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents ("SuDocs") classification system, which groups documents by authoring agency. For example, all publications from the Dept. of Commerce have classification numbers that begin with C (for Commerce). However, Internal Revenue Service materials' classification begins with T because the IRS is an agency within the Treasury Dept. Congressional materials have classification numbers that begin with X or Y (C being in use for Commerce). An explanation of the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification scheme is available on the Internet.

Documents not available in Andersen Library may be available in other libraries, including other selective federal depositories in the state. Wisconsin's two comprehensive federal depository libraries are nearby: UW-Madison Memorial Library (designated 1939) and Milwaukee Public Library (designated 1861).


WISCONSIN DOCUMENTS

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Andersen Library is one of more than 40 libraries participating in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program, the purpose of which is to ensure free public access to state agency documents. Andersen Library is a partial depository, with an emphasis on education, labor, economic, and legislative materials. The Library also provides public access to state government resources and law/legal research resources on the Internet at Library computer workstations with downloading and printing capabilities.

Wisconsin government documents in Andersen Library are located on the east end of the main/second floor (near the Reference Desk). The Harold Andersen Library's catalog lists all Wisconsin documents available in the collection, as well as many that are available online.

Most of the Library's Wisconsin documents are arranged by the Wisconsin State Document Classification System (Widocs), which groups publications by authoring government agency. Each number begins with an abbreviation for an authoring agency, e.g., publications from the Wisconsin Dept. of Administration have classification numbers that begin with A and materials from the Legislative Reference Bureau have classification numbers that begin with LEG. Publications of the State Legislature, such as the Wisconsin Statutes, have classification numbers that begin with Z. A guide to the Widocs classification system is available in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program Manual for Depository Libraries (Wisconsin documents collection LIB 6/2:D 4/4/1994).

Wisconsin documents that are not available in Andersen Library may be available from other libraries. The most comprehensive collection of Wisconsin documents is at the State Historical Society Library on the UW-Madison campus.


INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS

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All intergovernmental organization publications held by Andersen Library are listed in Harold Andersen Library's catalog. Most of these publications are included in the 3rd-floor Main Collection of books. The Library also provides public access to international government resources and law/legal research resources on the Internet at Library computer workstations with downloading and printing capabilities.

Location

Andersen Library
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Contact the Library

Circulation Desk: 262-472-5511
Reference Desk: 262-472-1032

54.81.70.220