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Federal Documents Depository Program

The Library of Virginia is a congressionally designated selective depository library for federal government publications serving the 3rd Congressional District of Virginia and the Richmond metropolitan area. The current Federal Documents Depository Program was established in 1897, however, the Library of Virginia's collection of over 650,000 federal publications pre-dates the program by nearly 100 years. Through the Federal Documents Depository Program, the library selects approximately half of all materials published by the federal government for addition to the collection.

Collection highlights include:

  • Legislative publications, including congressional hearings
  • Regulatory and administrative materials
  • Dept. of Commerce, including Bureau of the Census
  • Dept. of Defense historical publications
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Dept. of the Interior
  • Library of Congress
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Old War Department materials

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All federal documents in our collection published since 1990 can be located through the library's Books, Journals… Catalog. An extensive retrospective cataloging program has made over 40,000 additional documents accessible through the online catalog.  Those items include     congressional hearings, works by the Smithsonian and Library of Congress,  and 19th and 20th century works on education, labor, defense, history, government, agriculture, and social policy.