Collection Development and Status Statement: Government Documents and Information

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Frank Lester

Statement of Purpose

As the largest depository of United States government publications in the Nashville metropolitan area and Middle Tennessee, and as the only depository of United Nations publications in the state of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University's Central Library selects and makes available materials reflecting the information needs of the general public, particularly residents of the Fifth Congressional District of Tennessee.

As part of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University, government documents staff share the library's mission to support the curricular and research needs of the university community.

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, Vanderbilt follows the GPO’s Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program as the formal basis of collection development.

Per the Legal Requirements,

The foundation of a depository library collection includes both tangible (e.g. print, microfiche, CD-ROM/DVD) and online content. Depository libraries must provide access to FDLP content, including:

  • Publications selected, distributed, and received through the Federal Depository Library Program
  • The FDLP Basic Collection
  • Publications available through official FDLP partnerships
  • Online publications cataloged in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP), including publications found in, demonstrated through a combination of cataloging, creation of Web pages, and integration of online material into traditional library finding aids such as subject guides

This collection development statement was last updated by Frank Lester on 21 August 2023.