Government Documents at the
College of Law Library
James E. Rogers College of Law
University of Arizona

The College of Law Library officially became a selective federal depository library on August 14, 1991, under 44 U.S.C. Sect. 1916 for law school libraries. The library currently receives 9% of the publications available through the depository library program administered by the Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C.

The law-focused collection contains a major collection of publications from the Justice Department and Judiciary, Congress (House and Senate reports, documents, and publications), President and Executive Office, and the Federal Register Office. Hearings from several Congressional committees are received: Judiciary, Indian Affairs, Environment, Natural Resources, Ethics, Taxation, Foreign Affairs/Relations and International Relations. Agency publications in the collection are: decisions and opinions, annual reports, manuals and handbooks, periodicals and law reviews. Significant selections are from Treasury (Customs, Internal Revenue Service), Interior, State Department, International Trade Commission and the International Trade Administration (Commerce). Holdings for many titles date from 1992 when the depository selections began to arrive, though many titles date back in holdings to the late 1800's through purchase and a selective housing agreement with the University of Arizona Main Library Government Documents Department.

Documents are shelved or filed according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) Classification System except for selected titles which are directed to other locations in the library such as Reference or Reserve. The SuDoc system groups together publications by issuing department or agency, assigning a simple letter code such a J for Justice, T for Treasury, or X for Congress. The government documents collection of paper, microfiche, and CDROM's is housed on the lower level of the Law Library. Long runs of titles and, beginning 1999, the newly received documents are listed in the university's online catalog at In the future older documents will be added to the catalog in a retro-conversion project. Computer stations throughout the library provide web access to GPO Access at, the government web site for depository library and government information, including documents originating in or migrating to an electronic format such as the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics and other Bureau of Justice Statistics publications at The government documents collection, which is non-circulating, is open to the public for research. Photocopying and downloading capabilities are available.

The federal depository library program at the Law Library is part of a network of depository libraries through the state and nation. The Arizona Regional Depository Library which receives 100% of the documents published in the program is located in Phoenix at the Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records at the State Capitol. See Locations Of Federal Depository Libraries In Arizona and Locate Federal Depository Libraries at for a complete list of participating institutions.

Contact: Jacquelyn Kasper, Reference and Government Documents Librarian
College of Law Library
James E. Rogers College of Law
University of Arizona Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
(520) 626-7139 Fax: (520) 621-3138

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