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Federal Document Collection


The Federal government publication depository is open to the public Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00.  Call 505-476-9702 or Ask-a Librarian.

The New Mexico State Library was designated as a federal depository library in 1960 and is one of three libraries sharing the New Mexico Regional Depository duties.  New Mexico State Library reference librarians provide professional guidance to New Mexico citizens and librarians in the location and use of federal information online and in paper.  Most federal publications can be borrowed directly or through your local library with an Interlibrary Loan request.

The State Library also collects documents and participates in or supports the following programs:

Finding Federal Publications
Federal titles published after 1976 are included in the State Library's online catalog as well as on the Library of Congress site Congress.Gov and via FedSys. The State Library catalog lists titles that are available electronically as well as those in our paper collection. In addition, digital Federal documents can be found on the following sites:
  • TRAIL the technical report archive and image library
  • Hathi Trust a digital preservation repository library
  • DPLA the digital public library of America

Historic Federal Publications
In addition to publications published after 1960, the State Library has several historical sets from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century including:

  • Serial Set volumes and congressional surveys and reports of explorations in New Mexican Territory
  • USGS professional reports, surveys and bulletins
  • Civil War Records
  • World War I and World War II histories
  • Smithsonian Documents
  • Bureau of Ethnology Reports
  • Census Reports
  • Immigration Statistics
  • U. S. Statutes at Large

Only a few of these historical documents are included in the State Library's online catalog. The New Mexico State Library reference staff can help you determine the library’s holdings of these pre-1976 works. Call the reference Desk: (505) 476-9702 or Ask a Librarian .

Government Apps

There are Federal apps for all major platforms as well as mobile websites that work across various platforms. The apps and mobile websites created by Federal and state governments generally fall into a few basic categories:  government and legal document apps, government services apps, government website apps, and consumer tools apps.

Other Federal Depositories in New Mexico

There are twelve depository libraries in New Mexico. Each library has government information, but collections vary in size and scope. Call or visit the Federal depository library closest to you. If they are unable to find a document or an answer to your question, their librarians can call and consult with librarians at New Mexico State Library or the University of New Mexico.