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About the Government Publications Collections

This McIntyre Library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. We collect the Core Documents of Democracy and about 50% of all documents published by the Federal Government; while some of these documents are available in print, a large quantity are available online and can be accessed through the Library Catalog. Federal law guarantees public access to Federal Government documents held in the McIntyre Library.

Federal Documents

At the McIntyre Library, you can access government documents electronically, in print, and on DVD, CD-ROM, microfiche, and microfilm. Our documents have been published as books, periodicals, pamphlets, maps, statistics, and more.

Use the Library Catalog to search for Federal documents held at the McIntyre Library. More information about finding information published by the Federal government, see our LibGuide: Federal Government Information.

U.S. Government Documents are located on the first floor of the McIntyre Library. Federal documents are arranged by the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system. See our guide to the SuDoc system for help finding these materials.

Most materials in the federal collection circulate and are checked out at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of McIntyre Library. Documents restricted to use in the building are labeled, "Library Use Only."

Wisconsin Documents

McIntyre Library is a regional depository for documents published by the State of Wisconsin. Wisconsin agencies publish information across a wide variety of subjects. To research the implications of an issue at the state or local level, state publications are a good place to start. The state may also provide different kinds of information and analysis than the federal government. For example, education finance is worked out in detail by the state rather than by the U.S. Department of Education. With the exception of U.S. Census data, state and local statistics are typically more available from State of Wisconsin agencies than from the Federal government.

Wisconsin Documents are available electronically or in print. Our Wisconsin documents are located on the first floor of the McIntyre Library, arranged by the Wisconsin State Document Classification System of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library (WiDocs).

If you can't find a Wisconsin document through the McIntyre Library, try WISCAT, a catalog of materials available at libraries throughout Wisconsin. To search for Wisconsin legislative and lawmaking materials, try LRBCat, the catalog of the Wisconsin Legislative Research Bureau (LRB). 

Map Collection

The McIntyre Library's Depository Collection includes many kinds of maps and cartographic material. Maps are generally available for circulation, which means that you can check them out.

Most of the collection's 100,000 maps are U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps that cover the fifty states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and Antarctica. Selected topographic maps of Canada are also available. Our collection also includes Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land use and mineral management maps.

You can search for maps by subject in the Library Catalog. For example, if you are looking for maps of Afghanistan, enter "Afghanistan Maps" in the catalog search box and select "Subject heading (begins with)" from the drop down menu.

Maps are located on both the first floor of the McIntyre Library and in cases in the basement. Paper indexes needed to identify the names and numbers of specific maps are kept on index tables close to the map cases in the basement.

U.S. Census State Data Center

The McIntyre Library is an affiliate of Wisconsin's State Data Center, a resource for training and technical assistance with using U.S. Census data. McIntyre Library assists in locating Census data. However, for some types of Census research, we are able to facilitate your access to support from the State Data Center. For more information, please contact Robin Miller at the McIntyre Library.

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