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Government Publications: GovPubs at Woodward Library

Government Publications at Woodward Library

Woodward Library continues to select a small percentage of all publications disseminated by the GPO in print and electronic formats. "Legacy" selections also include maps, microfiche, and CD-ROMs.

Although most major titles are cataloged, many resources are not. Contact Nicole Wood, Resource Management Librarian, if you require assistance in identifying or retrieving these materials.

The Government Publications Collection is housed on Woodward Library's first floor. Items are classified and arranged in SuDoc order. Reference the Find on the Shelf tab in the box below for an explanation of this classification system, which is unique to U.S. federal documents.

Titles of general interest are often assigned Library of Congress call numbers and shelved in the General Book Collection on the third floor.

Find Government Publications and Related Materials

A sample of subscription databases to support your specific research needs. Access the full A-Z List of databases here.

Open Austin Library Catalog.


When searching Austin, limit the Location to "Government Publications" for targeted results.

GPO publications are assigned a SuDoc classification number. Each document is classified by the issuing body, not by subject: SuDoc stem C corresponds to materials issued by the Department of Commerce, for example.


As the U.S. government changes in organization and structure, issuing agency of a given publication can also change over time. For example, Vital Statistics of the United States was produced by the now-defunct Federal Security Agency in the 1930s before its services were later transferred to the Department of Health. This publication has consequently been assigned both FS and HE class stems.


HathiTrust has embarked on an ambitious initiative to, "through coordinated action and collective action, expand and enhance access to US federal publications including those issued by GPO and other federal agencies." Learn more about the HathiTrust Digital Library's Federal Government Documents Initiative.

Off-campus Access

Off-campus users who select a link to a subscription database from the Woodward Library website will be prompted for their User Name (last name) and Password (A number).

If you encounter any remote log-in issues, please contact us

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