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Federal Depository Library : Home

This guide provides information about the Federal Depository Library Program and NU's federal depository.

Public Access to Federal Depository Materials

Public access to federal government publications in all formats is guaranteed by Title 44, Section 1911 of the United States Code.


Most government publications are currently received in electronic format. Please call for assistance locating materials online.

Government Documents Coordinator 617.373.4968

Research Assistance staff 617.373.2356


Please note that access to federal publications and supporting reference services does not provide access to other University Libraries resources.  Visitors with research needs other than or in addition to government publications may wish to apply for a researcher pass.

Need Help ?

Government Documents reference assistance is available to all Library visitors.

Visit or call the Snell Library Research Assistance Desk.  617.373.2356

Contact Roxanne Palmatier, Government Documents Coordinator  617.373.4968

Try the Government Information Online (GIO) live chat service.

Federal Government Information at Snell Library


Welcome to the Federal Depository at Northeastern University's Snell Library!

Please visit our Federal Government Information Page for links to federal agency web sites and publications. 

Visit Finding Government Information - The Basics to view a variety of government databases and other resources provided through the Federal Depository Library Program.




View this Guide on a mobile device.

What Is the Federal Depository Library Program?

From the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Site:


The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public's right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government. The FDLP provides Government information at no cost to designated depository libraries throughout the country and territories. These depository libraries, in turn, provide local, no-fee access to Government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance.

As institutions committed to equity of access and dedicated to free and unrestricted public use, the nation's nearly 1,250 depository libraries serve as one of the vital links between "We the people" and our Government. Anyone can visit Federal depository libraries and use the Federal depository collections which are filled with information on careers, business opportunities, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics, and numerous other subjects.

Your Librarian

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Roxanne Palmatier
270 Snell Library

(617) 373-4968

Snell's Federal Depository

Snell Library received federal depository designation in 1962 under the sponsorship of Massachusetts Congressman John W. McCormick.  As a selective depository library, Snell receives the federal publications most appropriate for the University community and for the Congressional District we serve. 

Please see U.S. Representative Michael Capuano's web site for an excellent overview of the Seventh Congressional District.

While the Library continues to receive print, compact disc, and microform, the Internet is now the primary delivery medium for government publications.  A neighboring institution, Boston Public Library, is the Regional Depository Library for the Commonwealth and receives a complete collection of the publications distributed through the Depository Library Program.