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Government Documents

Guide to Booth Library's US and Illinois Government Document Collections

About the Government Document Collections

fdlp logoEastern Illinois University’s Booth Library has been a federal depository library since 1962. The Library is also an Illinois state document depository, receiving government publications from the Illinois State Library in Springfield.

Booth Library offers access to a large collection of government publications, including statistics, reports, and legislative and policy documents. The Booth Library research help desk (3rd floor North) provides assistance in locating federal and state government resources for Eastern Illinois University faculty, staff, and students as well as the general public.

Most documents can be located by searching the EIU Online Catalog by keyword, title or subject, and many can be checked out with a Panther Card. The catalog will indicate whether the document is held physically in the library or available online. Government documents cover a wide range of topics – from current issues like immigration reform, health care, education, and global warming to foreign policy, constitutional history, and the national park system. Many documents contain research data and expert findings not available elsewhere. They are excellent primary source materials. 

Physical location:

The government documents collection is available for browsing on the 2nd floor (2000 Level North) of Booth Library. Ask at the Research Help Desk, 3rd floor, if you have any questions.

Call numbers / subjects:

​Federal government documents are shelved using the Superintendent of Documents Classification System (SuDoc). Items are shelved by authoring agency or committee. Illinois state documents are shelved using modified Dewey Decimal call numbers.


​The print collection is available whenever the library is open. Online documents may be accessed at any time.

Library documents staff

Sarah Johnson, Head of Collection Management, 217-581-7551

Deborah Fennema, Library Operations Associate, Government Documents, 217-581-7540

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