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Policies and Procedures
Additional policies and procedures exist that might be applicable.
Hours of Operation
This is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access is guaranteed by public law (Chapter 19, Title 44 U.S.C.).
Mission And Objectives
  • To provide free and equal access to government information and information products, regardless of format, to the University's faculty, students and staff and the general public. This is in accordance with Section 1911, Title 44 of the U.S. Code.
  • To provide reference and research services to assist patrons in locating and using government information.
  • To maintain bibliographic control with required piece-level record holding, technical processing and statistical record keeping.
  • To promote public awareness of depository services.
  • To continue to develop a depository collection to support the information needs of the depository community.
Locations of Depository Materials
Paper - Housed in both the main stacks and the documents stacks which are open stacks.

Microfiche - Filed in microfiche cabinets or boxes near documents stacks. Some titles located in Microforms department.

Electronic Products - CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, DVDs, Video or Audio Cassettes

Maps and Atlases
  1. Located in government documents map/atlas cases or documents stacks.
  2. Cases in Louisiana Room (Louisiana USGS quadrangle maps).
Internet Access - Provided at computers in the Reference Online Center, library STEP labs, stand-alone stations, and via university wireless access (primary users only).
Reference Services
Government information reference services are provided from the Reference and Research Services Department, in coordination with the U.S. Government Information department. Reference services hours are equal to the number of hours that the library is open.
  • All Reference personnel have some level of training in the use of government information, including electronic sources. Referrals are made to the Head of Government Information, as needed. Training sessions in the use of new electronic products or online databases are conducted by the depository coordinator/Government Information department head.
  • Bibliographic instruction sessions in the use of government information, including general and specialized tools to access government information.
  • General and subject bibliographies on government information topics.
  • Library subject guides include government information resources.
  • Use of social media services are incorporated within general reference and research services.
For additional policy information, refer to the "Edith Garland Dupre Library, U.S. Government Information, Federal Depository Library, Electronic Products, Public Services Policy".
Internet Access And Use
  • Free and equal public access to the Internet is provided for searching the GPO Federal Digital System (FDsys) and other government information databases.
  • Use of workstations for government information searching is subject to the Internet use policies of both the library and the university.
  • Patrons will not be required to present identification to use computers designated for depository usage.
  • Filtering software is not installed on computers designated for depository usage.
  • Sign-up sheets, time limits and special passwords may be imposed at the discretion of the Reference and Research Department.
  • General public patrons- Designated login information is provided at library workstations that require university authentication.
  • Use or access may be mediated or unmediated.
InterLibrary Loan
ILL requests are made for items that the library does not select, for items that have not been received due to shortages, or for damaged or lost items. Initial requests may be sent to the regional libraries, Louisiana Tech and LSU. Generally, requests are made to other depositories or non-depository libraries via OCLC.
Physical Facilities And Equipment
  • Computer workstations at the Reference Online Center are available for public users to search online and other electronic depository products.
  • Printing options are available at the ROC and library STEP labs for primary users.
  • Printing options are available for general public depository users at the Reference desk.
  • E-mail and save/download options are available from public workstations for primary and general public users.
  • Microform readers, printers and scanners are available for use by the public.
  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, our depository provides handicapped access to depository services and materials.
Sandy Himel, Head of Government Information
(337.482.1174; shimel@louisiana.edu).

Document last revised October 1, 2013

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Edith Garland Dupré Library, PO Box 40199, Lafayette LA 70504
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