Depository Programs Illinois State Library

Federal Depository Library Program

The Illinois State Library keeps an extensive retrospective collection of federal documents, giving patrons free access to that collection, as well as, all documents published from the Federal Government through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). As the regional depository library for Illinois since 1968, the State Library has the legal responsibility for permanently retaining federal documents, providing interlibrary loan and reference service to patrons, and providing assistance to selective depositories in their retention/disposal of federal documents distributed by the Superintendent of Documents. There are 50 federal depository libraries in Illinois.

Illinois Documents Depository Program

The Illinois Documents collection at the State Library is an historical representation of state government since Illinois was granted statehood in 1818. Recognizing the need for public access to government information, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law in 1967 requiring each state agency to deposit copies of their publications with the State Library for its collection and exchange purposes. Publications received for the collection are issued in many formats: paper, microform, electronic, maps, etc. All items received for the collection are available for public use, and most circulate. Types of reports received include annual reports and special reports, statistical information, and verbatim debates of the Illinois General Assembly. There are 19 depositories in Illinois.

All items received by the Government Documents Unit of the State Library are listed in the monthly Illinois Document List and in an annual compilation entitled Publications of the State of Illinois. Mailing lists are maintained for both the annual publication titles and can be ordered at no charge by contacting the Illinois Documents staff at 217−782−6304.

Illinois Government Depository Council

The Illinois Government Depository Council serves as an advisory body to the State Library on matters relating to the government depository programs and services. The Council's role is defined by the Illinois State Plan for Federal Depositories (Revised 2010), which contains the council operating procedures and the Illinois Documents Depository Program Manual (Fall 1994). Council members are appointed by the Director of the Illinois State Library.

FDLP LogoThis library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code).