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Government Documents

UAH is a congressionally-designated selective federal depository of the U.S. Government. As such, the Salmon Library receives that portion of all GPO publications which have been determined to most closely suit the needs of the University and community.

Government Information through the FDLP & more




What Are Government Documents?

The United States Government Publishing Office is the largest publisher in the world, in both the number and variety of its publications. Government documents record the activities of the agencies, offices, bureaus and departments of the federal government. They include Congressional hearings, reports and documents; and the publications of presidential task forces and specially appointed commissions.

Government documents are a great source of information about all aspects of public policy, from business, communications, and defense to health, education, and social welfare. They also contain statistical information of all kinds. Anyone interested in current topics such as family violence, aging, immigration, trade, employment, hazardous wastes, or business development may find helpful material in U.S. Government publications.

FDLP Location & Access

Most of the documents currently received by the Library are housed on Ground Floor Central Tower in the Library. Some titles have been added to the online catalog. However, because most documents are not represented on the on-line book catalog, search in Marcive WebDocs or ask at the reference desk for assistance.  

A dedicated PC and printer are available for government document research. You can contact Michael Manasco at or 256-824-6965  to arrange a session on this computer. 


  • Location: Lower Level Central Tower 
  • Phone: 824-6526
  • Staff: Michael Manasco
  • Hours: Librarian available at reference desk:
  • Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 
  • Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM 
  • Saturday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Sunday, 1:00 PM-9:00 PM

SUDOC Reference

Superintendent of Documents Classification System


A Agriculture Department AE National Archives and Records Administration
B Broadcasting Board of Governors C Commerce Department
C 3 Census Bureau CC Federal Communications Commission
CR Civil Rights Commission CS Civil Service Commission
D Defense Department E Energy Department
ED Education Department EP Environmental Protection Agency
FA Fine Arts Commission FCA Farm Credit Administration
FEM Federal Emergency Management Administration (became part of Homeland Security — HS) FHF Federal Housing Finance Board
FMC Federal Maritime Commission FM Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
FR Federal Reserve System Board of Governors FT Federal Trade Commission
FTZ Federal Trade Zone Board GA Government Accountability Office (formerly: General Accounting Office)
GP Government Printing Office GS General Services Administration
HE Health and Human Services Department HH Housing and Urban Development Department
HS Homeland Security Department I Interior Department
I 19 U.S. Geological Survey IA U.S. Information Agency
IC Interstate Commerce Commission ID U.S. Agency for International Development
ITC International Trade Commission J Justice Department
JU Judiciary (Courts of the United States) L Labor Department
LC Library of Congress LR National Labor Relations Board
MS Merit Systems Protection Board NA National Academy of Sciences
NAS National Aeronautics and Space Administration NC National Capital Planning Commission
NCU National Credit Union Administration NF National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
NS National Science Foundation OP Overseas Private Investment Corporation
P United States Postal Service PE Peace Corps
PM Personnel Management Office PR President of the United States
PREX Executive Office of the President PRVP Vice President of the United States
RR Railroad Retirement Board S State Department
SBA Small Business Administration SE Securities and Exchange Commission
SI Smithsonian Institution SSA Social Security Administration
T Treasury Department T 22 Internal Revenue Service
TD Transportation Department TDA U.S. Trade and Development Agency
VA Veterans Administration X and Y Congress
Y 1 House and Senate Reports and Documents Y 4 Congressional Committee Hearings