Bailey 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). The United States Government is committed to providing information on its programs and services to the American public; one way in which it does this is through the Federal Depository Library Program. Bailey Library is one of nearly 1,400 libraries throughout the United States to be designated a depository library and receive regular shipments of select federal documents.
The government documents collection is housed on the ground floor of Bailey Library. Patrons will be escorted by a library faculty or staff member to browse the collection, or items can be requested by patrons and retrieved by library staff. Government information is searchable in the library catalog, which also includes links for government documents in electronic format. FDsys is the official federal government portal to government information, and documents are also available through library resources such as Marcive WebDocs.
In addition to the Federal Depository Library Program, Bailey Library is also a selective depository for documents from the Pennsylvania State Government. This collection, which contains items such as the state budget and various agency reports and statistics, is much smaller than the federal collection. Records for this collection are also found in the library catalog.
Federal depository resources are available and usable for all library patrons regardless of library affiliation, disability, age, residency, or other patron status. Any member of the general public may use depository resources in all formats at a Federal depository library free of charge and without impediments.