This library is a congressionally designated selective depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law.
(Title 44 United States Code)
The UT Law Library is a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and receives publications from the Government Printing Office (GPO). At the UT Law Library we strive to provide free access to government documents for our students and the public. Documents are kept in open stacks and most are circulating. Under the terms of the Depository Library Program these materials are available for use by the public during all the hours the library is in operation. There is a public access computer for government documents located on the Ground Floor to provide access to online documents. Reference assistance with government information is available from the librarians at the Reference Desk.
In the FDLP, the library is a selective library and currently selects about 23% of the total number of publications available from the GPO. As a Law Library, selections feature primarily legal materials as well as items of particular interest to citizens of the state. These documents are labeled with call numbers for the Library of Congress Classification System (LC) and are inter-shelved as part of the library's main collection. Records with locations for these are in the Library's online catalog. If the document is available online it can be accessed directly from the catalog record by clicking on the “View online” link on the screen.