The Library has been a selective depository of U.S. and California government documents in print form since 1965. Both the U.S. Government Documents and the California State Documentscollections are physically located in the stack area next to the Collaboratory. The U.S. documents are shelved according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification scheme which has the effect of grouping publications by issuing agency; the California state publications are shelved according to a similar scheme for the State of California. Federal and state documents which have been cataloged by the Library appear in OneSearch where they are searchable by author or agency name, title, or subject, but the majority of these publications have not been cataloged so require the use of special finding aids. In the case of U.S. publications, the Government Printing Office's Catalog of Government Publications, is one such aid. For California state publications, the Melvylcatalog is often helpful. For assistance in finding and using government publications, please ask at the Reference Desk.
In recent years, many government publications are being made available electronically. For more information as well as finding aids, consult the Library's subject guide to Government Information Resources.
The Library also collects materials produced by local government agencies from the University's six-county service area (Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties). The Local Documents collection is shelved in the stack area next to the Collaboratory and adjacent to the California State publications. For more information and for assistance using local documents, please ask at the Reference Desk.