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US Government Documents

The Mississippi State University Libraries is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to government documents is guaranteed by public law.

United States Government documents or publications are defined as any print or processed book, paper, periodical, pamphlet, map, microform, or electronic product prepared and published at public expense by the United States Congress or by any of the Executive Departments, independent agencies, or judicial bodies of the U.S. Government. They are not copyrighted and may be reproduced freely. 

Government Documents may be located by searching the Online Catalog. Items cataloged and available in the general collection may be checked out. Additional information on the use of United States Government publications is available in the U.S. Government Information research guide.