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Government Documents: Home

This guide is for government documents

Contact Us

Staff available in the Government Publication Department, Data Center, and EJ Resource Center to assist users are:

  • Scott Sandberg - Government Publications Librarian - Room 232 A - (219) 980-6928
  • Ed Seykowski - Government Publications/Reference - Room 224 - (219) 980-6608
  • Cele Morris - Research Analyst - Room 232 B - (219) 981-5612
  • Tim Sutherland - Director of Library Services - Room 140 B - (219) 980-6946

Introduction and Scope

The Government Publications Department Office is located on the 2nd floor of the library in Room 224. The collection is located primarily on the second floor and consists of a variety of materials including:

  • government publications in print
  • government publications on microfiche
  • electronic government publications (CD-ROM, Internet)
  • government publication maps (U.S. Geological Survey)

The following services are available through the Government Publications department:

  • assistance with government information publications and maps
  • library skills instruction for classes/students - (regarding access & use of government information sources)

Federal government sources are available in a wide array of subjects including:

  • business and management
  • crime & criminal justice
  • demographics
  • education and careers
  • geology and geography
  • government
  • health and environment
  • labor and employment
  • taxation
  • social services & human services

Government publications are included in the Library's online catalog (IUCAT). Publications are primarily shelved or filed using the U.S. Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification system which arranges materials by the issuing agency. A number of the most used federal government publications are shelved in other collection areas of the library (Reference, general book collection and periodicals) using the Library of Congress system.

The IU Northwest Library has access to, and U.S. Census Bureau and is planning for a depository library system that will become primarily electronic. While the Library is not a depository library for State of Indiana publications, we purchase and provide access to a number of state and local government information and data sources.

History of Department

The Indiana University Northwest Library became a Congressionally-designated Federal Depository Library in 1966, its primary clientele being the citizens of the First Congressional District of Indiana (Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties).  It selects approximately 28 percent of all tangible (Print, Microfiche, Topographic Maps, and CD-ROM) materials offered for sale by the Superintendent of Documents.  The publication of these Governmental materials is supported by citizens' payment of taxes, and, as such, there are no restictions on access or usage.

The majority of the documents are shelved on the Library's second floor; some are also located in Reference and the Second and Third floors of the Library.

SUDOC breakdown

Several documents in our collection are shelved using the SuDocs (Superintendent of Documents) classification.  Our collection development strengths are Education, Health, Census, Justice, and Congressional hearings.


Current Lettering for SuDoc Class Stems


As of May, 2014, the current lettering used for SuDoc class stems selected by our department are:


A Agriculture

AE National Archives and Records Administration

C Commerce Department

CR Civil Rights Commission

ED Education Department

EP Environmental Protection Agency

GA Government Accountability Office

GP Government Printing Office

GS General Services Administration

HE Health and Human Services Department

HH Housing and Urban Development Department

HS Homeland Security

I Interior Department

J Justice Department

JU Judiciary

L Labor Department

LC Library of Congress

LR National Labor Relations Board

NAS National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NS National Science Foundation

PE Peace Corps

PM Personnel Management Office

PR President of the United States

PREX Executive Office of the President

PRVP Vice President of the United States

S State Department

SBA Small Business Administration

SI Smithsonian Institution

SSA Social Security Administration

T Treasury Department

X and Y Congress

Subject Guide

Edward Seykowski
Indiana University Northwest Library

Government Documents Department

Library 224

(219) 980-6608