Government Documents Collection

The Mudd Library is part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). We are also a Selective Depository Library for State of Wisconsin documents, which means that we receive a portion of the thousands of documents published by Wisconsin state agencies.

To find U.S. government publications, begin with our Government Documents guide. This guide contains categorized links to federal and state documents, federal resources, agencies and branches of the federal government, statistics, geographic and map information, and tax information.

When searching for government documents in the library catalog, try using keywords such as Department of the Interior or Government Publishing Office, then use the facets to narrow down to more specific departments (such as Geological Survey or National Park Service) and your desired subjects (such as mines or California).

Wisconsin Documents

The purpose of the Wisconsin Document Depository Program is to collect and distribute state publications to Wisconsin libraries. Lawrence University is a "Selective Depository Library," which means that we receive a portion of the thousands of documents published by Wisconsin state agencies.

The Wisconsin Document collection is located on the fourth floor of the library, next to the Wisconsin Collection. The collection is arranged by a two or three letter call number based on the publishing agency. The number after the agency designates the publication type followed by a code for a keyword in the title and the year of publication, e.g., Env.1/6: B13/1994, Leg2.3: B/1996, He.4: A4/1998.

Searching for Wisconsin Documents in the Library Catalog

Most Wisconsin Documents can be retrieved by a publisher advanced search in OneSearch, with the library catalog option. For example: Madison WI will find things published in Madison, most of which will be Wisconsin documents.

You may also browse by call number if you know the state agency responsible for publishing the document. For example: Adm, Ed, Leg, His, Nat, etc.

Many Wisconsin Documents are also available online, through the Wisconsin Digital Archives and the Wisconsin.Gov website.

Government Document Call Numbers (SuDoc)

    The Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification number begins with a capital letter or letters representing a government department or agency. (A - Agriculture Dept., C - Commerce Dept., ED - Education Dept., etc.) The U. S. Congress uses the letters X and Y.
    The numbers that follow these letters represent the office of a particular department. For instance, all Internal Revenue Service publications will be given a number beginning with T 22. The numbers after the decimal point represent second and subsequent level offices.
    Numbers immediately following the colon indicate numbered series, volumes or dates. Letters and numbers immediately following the colon are based on a system which organizes materials alphabetically by subject.


In general, documents are shelved in alphabetical and numerical order.
        C 3.24/8: IN 23
        C 3.25: AF 48
        NAS 1.2: FR 76
        NS 5: 100
    This is not a decimal system. Numbers between punctuation are treated as individual whole numbers.
        D 1.2: EX 83
        D 1.16: TO 75
        D 1.23: NA 42
        D 1.23/2: CR 76
        D 1.23/2-3: AL 23
        D 1.23/2-11: LI 45
        D 1.142: LE 78
    Numbers precede letters.
        C 61.12: 89-7
        C 61.12: AM 32
    Senate Hearings and Prints:
    S.HRG. then S.PRT. by congress number. After that, numbers, and then alphabetically.
        Y 4.B 85/2: S.HRG.100-45
        Y 4.B 85/2: S.PRT.100-37
        Y 4.B 85/2: S.HRG.101-13
        Y 4.B 85/2: S.PRT.101-20
        Y 4.B 85/2: 100-9
        Y 4.B 85/2: AR 56