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Government Documents: About Us

This is a guide to government resources that are commonly used in research.


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The Government Documents Department supports the Libraries' objectives by providing federal and state resources, instruction and other services for Columbus State University and the local community

About Sudoc

Federal documents are arranged by the U.S. Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification System based on the issuing government agency.

For example the SuDocs number for the Department of Justice begins with "J" and "ED" identifies documents from the Department of Education.

A more detailed guide to Sudoc can be found here and an extensive lists of sudoc numbers and agencies can be found here.


Government documents in a physical form (paper, cd, etc.) are located on the east side of the first floor of Schwob Memorial Library.

The documents are listed in the Libraries' catalog. Many documents published since the late nineties have electronic versions.

History and Overview

Photo of the government documents section in Schwob Library

Established as a federal depository library (No. 0120A) in 1975, the collection of United States government documents covers a variety of topics to assist students with their curriculum needs and provide resources for the community. 

The documents at Schwob Library are listed in the catalog.

History of GPO

Collection Development Policy

The Columbus State University's Government Documents Collection Development Policy is available online.

Business Liaison & Government Documents Librarian

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Alison Cook
CSU Libraries
4225 University Ave.
Columbus, GA 31907