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Government Documents

Links to important government resources produced by the federal government.

Covid-19 current community restrictions


Currently, the plan is to re-open to the Otterbein community on or around Wednesday August 5th. Unfortunately, in the interest of safety for our community, we are restricting public access for the foreseeable future. Should you need assistance with government document information, please reach out to the reference desk and we can assist you in finding materials.

5/13/2020 At this time, the library remains closed to all users. Our plan is to reopen the library slowly, beginning with the Otterbein community. It is uncertain when we will begin this process. Until the situation with Covid-19 is clearer, public access from the larger community to the physical collection will be limited. Please reach out to the library via email and chat for any needs you have related to government information.

Government Documents

Government Documents

The government information collection includes all kinds and formats of government publications, such as maps, videos, books and even a few games. 

The Government Documents collection of Courtright Memorial library was established in 1967 as a partial U.S. Federal Depository Library. The Federal Depository Library Program was established to provide free public access to information produced by the Federal Government. Most of the federal government documents received through this program are located in the documents collection on the 2nd floor of the library. Some documents are added to the periodicals collection, and others to the reference collection. We currently select 14% of all documents available to depository libraries.

Our government document collection is only partially cataloged and listed in our Catalog OPAL. If you are looking for older material, you would need to go to the collection on the second floor and browse.

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