FDLP Basic Collection (2001 revised list)

The Basic Collection lists "vital sources of information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of  their Federal Government."  Libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program are expected to make these documents available to the public.  (Administrative Notes, July 15, 2001; full text below.)   This revised list updates the list first selected in 1977.
Basic Collection titles at the Mary H. Weir Public Library

    Some Basic Collection items are now available only online, via the Internet. Others are available in "tangible format" (paper, microfiche or CD-ROM) only, or in both tangible format and online. We do not receive all of these titles in all formats.  For space reasons, we no longer receive a few of them in any tangible format at all.  If you need something we don't have, and the online substitutes listed below do not suffice, we will Interlibrary Loan it for you!
    This table will help you find current issues and recent back issues of these materials, either in the Mary H. Weir Public Library's collection or on the Internet, and point you to related or alternate sources that may also help you.


SuDoc number

GPO Item number

Location, URL and other information

American Factfinder C 3.300: 0154-B-16 (online) Online only, at 
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids GP 3.39: 0556-C (online) Online only, at http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Budget of the U.S. Government PREX 2.8: 0853 or 0853-C (we now get the latter, which is on CD-ROM) R353 United
(Some years we have as CD-ROM as well as or instead of in paper. Check the catalog.)
Also online at 
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) PREX 3.20: 0853-A-01 MHWPL should have one copy of the current issue in Reference (R353.938 U58) and one in circulation. (One is a Depository item, the other is a gift.)  Also online at http://www.cfda.gov/ 
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications GP 3.88-9: 0557-F Now online only at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cgp/index.htm
Some issues -- using the previous title, Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications -- from the 1990s are on CD-ROM (R015.73 MONTHLY), and some older paper issues are in storage 

Census of Population and Housing
C 3.233/(nos.) 0156-M-(nos.), 
0159-B-(nos.) and 0159-C-(nos.) 

We get these for 
West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and summaries for the United States, for which the numbers are -48, -35, -38, and -52 respectively (such as 0156-M-48, 0159-C-35, etc.)

R317's; some (especially for older censuses) are in storage. 

Some information, at least for the 1990 and 2000 Censuses,  is online at the Bureau of the Census web site: see State and County Quick Facts at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/   Also see the U.S. Gazetteer, or the American Factfinder above, or the USA Counties database listed below, or on CD-ROM. Some data from  the 2000 Census may be released on DVD, or online only.

Census figures take a while to be compiled into usable data. Some Census 2000 figures are not scheduled for release until 2003. See http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/c2kproducts.html for scheduled release dates of Census information.

State Data Centers are state agencies that work with the Census Bureau to make some local and county-level information available.. The West Virginia Development Office and WVU's Bureau of Business & Economic Research are the State Data Center agencies for West Virginia.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) AE 2.106/3: 0572-B or 0572-C (we get the latter, which is the MF) Online at  http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html
Mary H. Weir Public Library also receives the CFR  in microfiche.
We keep the current year.  There are a few volumes in paper, mostly in R342.073 though some are scattered in other Dewey numbers more suited to their particular topic (such as Transportation in R380).
Congressional Directory Y 4.P 93/1:1 0992 Full title on some volumes is Official Congressional Directory.
The most recent paper issue is kept at the Reference Desk, older ones in storage; the call number is  R328.73 UNITED. Also online at http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/cong016.html
(As of July, 2001,  the Congressional Directory for the 107th Congress [2001-2002] is not yet available.)  See our page on Congress for more links to the 107th Congress.
Congressional Record (daily) X 1.1/A: 0994-B, 0994-C, or  0994-D, (the latter is the online edition) Online at  http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces150.html
(back to 1994).  Some back issues are on microfiche, or in paper in storage. Paper volumes, which in our collection are mostly indexes and Daily Digests, are cataloged  R328.73 C749
Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation Y 1.1/3: 1004-E-01 R342.73 CONSTITU; also online at  http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/constitution
This includes annotations of Supreme Court decisions concerning interpretation of the Constitution. (Of course, the text of the Constitution, without annotations, analysis, interpretation, etc.,  is also available in many other places, both online and in print.)
County and City Data Book C3.134/2:C 82/2/date 0151 or 0151-D-01 
(paper or CD-ROM; 
we get both!)
Paper volumes are cataloged R317.3 UNITED 
USA Counties CD-ROM is R317.3 UNITED 
A closely related title is the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book (R317.3 UNITED), county-level  information from which is also represented on the USA Counties CD-ROM (see below).
Some of this data is online at the Census web site, especially http://www.census.gov/statab/www/ccdb.html, although mostly that page refers you to where you can buy related materials. See above at Census of Population and Housing for more Census links.
Economic Indicators Y 4.EC 7:EC 7 0997 Our most recent paper issue is kept at the Reference Desk; older issues are in storage by SuDoc number. (A few issues have been cataloged and are at  R 330.09754 ECONOM)  Also online at http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/eibrowse/broecind.html
Economic Report of the President PR 43.9: 0848 or 0848-F Paper editions are cataloged  R 330.973 UNITED
Also online in .pdf format at http://w3.access.gpo.gov/eop/
Federal Register (daily) AE 2.106:  0573-C or 0573-D
(paper or microfiche; 
we get the latter); 
also 0573-F (online)
Microfiche copies are filed in the MF drawers; we keep the last four our five years' worth, as space permits. Also online at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html
GPO Access

Online at http://www.access.gpo.gov
This is the Government Printing Office's main website, with many links to information about the Federal government and its publications.
Historical Statistics of the United States C3.134/2:H 62/970 0151 R 317.3 U58h  (2 volumes)
The Historical Statistics were published in 1976, in celebration of the Bicentennial, and are not online. The books are, however, still available for purchase through the GPO Online Bookstore at <http://bookstore.gpo.gov>. Selected historical statistics are at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/censusdata/hiscendata.html> Some data from the first eighteen (1790-1960) Censuses are also available from the Historical United States Census Browser <http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/census//>
See Census of Population and Housing above for more Census links.
Occupational Outlook Handbook L 2.3/4: 0768-C-02 R 331.702 UNITED   (Older issues circulate: 331.702 U)
Some older issues were published on CD-ROM as well as paper.
Now also available online at http://stats.bls.gov/ocohome.htm
This is one of the most popular government publications, and private publishers of books on careers often depend heavily on OOH and related Bureau of Labor Statistics publications.

Public Papers of thePresident
AE 2.114: 0574-A R353.035; most recent upstairs, older ones in storage.
We have these for Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. As of July, 2001, what's online at <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/pubpaps/srchpaps.html>  is only the volumes for Clinton, and that's only up to 1999. Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (see below) contains information since then.
Sales Product Catalog GP 3.22/3: 0552-B-01 Online only at  http://bookstore.gpo.gov/
Slip Laws AE 2.110: 0575 We no longer get these, due to lack of space, and because the online versions are timelier. Texts of Public Laws are online at both GPO Access <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/nara005.html> (back to the 104th Congress) and Thomas <http://thomas.loc.gov> (back to the 101st). Also see Statutes at Large and United States Code below.
Social Security Handbook SSA 1.8/3: 0516-C-01 R 368.4 U58 (paper); also online at
STAT-USA C 1.91: 0128-P Online only at <http://www.stat-usa.gov/>
Access to Stat-USA requires a password (see Lois); otherwise patrons must pay for each report they download. Only one person at a time may use this site, and only in the library. For a free, passwordless site providing many Government statistics, see FedStats  <http://www.fedstats.gov/>
Statistical Abstract of the United States C 1.134: 0150 or 0150-B
(paper or CD-ROM;
we get both)
R317.13 United 
Also online at <http://www.census.gov/prod/www/statistical-abstract-us.html and on CD-ROM (also R317.13), although copyright restrictions prevent the inclusion of some tables in the electronic versions. 

Statutes at Large
AE 2.111: 0576 Also known as United States Statutes at Large.
R342.73  U58 (storage). These large volumes compile the Slip Laws (see above), which are then superseded. We have only a relative few of this set, and due to shortage of space are no longer receiving it. 
Public Laws since 1995 (104th Congress) are online at GPO Access <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/nara005.html> and laws since 1989 (101st Congress) are available from Thomas <http://thomas.loc.gov>
Once passed, laws are also compiled into the United States Code, which arranges them topically; see belowStatutes at Large from 1789 through 1873 are now available online at the Library's of Congress' website.
Subject Bibliographies GP 3.22/2: 0552-A (online) Online at <http://bookstore.gpo.gov/sb/>
Paper copies are in VF under appropriate subjects or cataloged R according to the  subject (for example, the one for Military History is at R355.009 UNITED). The Subject Bibliography Guide is cataloged in R 015.73 GUIDE

United States Code
Y 1.2/5: 0911-A or 0911-B
(paper or CD-ROM; we used to get the books but now get the CD-ROM)
Also online at <http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/cong13.html>
Older volumes are in R342.73 U58
We also subscribe to the U.S. Code Annotated set (USCA) from West Group, which updates the Code differently -- mostly with annual pocket parts -- and includes many more notes and indexes. These are also in R342.73 U58
United States Government Manual AE 2.108/2: 0577 R353 UNITED; most recent issue is at Reference Desk
Also online at <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/nara001.html>
United States Reports JU 6.8: 0741 Due to shortage of space, we no longer receive these volumes, which compile the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Some volumes of United States Reports are online in .pdf format at <http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/boundvolumes.html>
As of July, 2001, the volumes available online were 502 (1991-92) through 527 (1999).  Some United States Reports volumes are also in our collection at R347.7326 (Storage)
Many Supreme Court opinions, searchable by name, are online in several places.  See our page on the Court for a list of such sites. No web site carries all decisions back to 1789, though.
USA Counties C 3.134/6: 0150-B-01 (online) CD-ROM R317.3 UNITED
Copyright restrictions prevent the inclusion of some tables in the electronic versions of this title and related titles.  See above at Census of Population and Housing for more Census links.
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents AE 2.109: 0577-A (online) Online at <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html>
Recent paper issues are on the periodical shelves; older ones are in storage until superseded by the Public Papers of the President volumes. (See above for more on the Public Papers series.)

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Explanations of some terms used in this table:
    SuDoc numbers, (short for Superintendent of Documents Classification numbers) are the classification system used by many Depository libraries to organize their government documents collection, or parts of them. This system allows documents to be arranged according to the agency that publishes them.  In the SuDoc Classification scheme, the letter (or letters) and first few numbers at the beginning of each SuDoc number stand for a particular Cabinet-level department or other agency.  For example, A represents the Agriculture Department, PREX stands for the Executive Office of the President (which includes agencies such as the Office of Management and Budget and the CIA), and X is for Congress. Our microfiche drawers of Depository materials and part of our storage area are arranged by SuDoc numbers.
    The SuDoc classification is not the same as the Library of Congress Classification used by many college and some large public libraries, although they produce call numbers that look similar. The LC classification arranges materials by subject, much like the Dewey Decimal Classification, which we use for most of our collection, does. Many items in our collection have both a SuDoc number and a Dewey number, and when they do they are shelved in the main collection by Dewey number. The Location column in the above table will tell you the Dewey number for the Basic Collection items in our collection.
    At other Depository libraries, government documents may be shelved by SuDoc, or by LC number, or by another system; ask the librarians there for help.
    Item numbers are used by the Federal Depository Library Program to manage Depository libraries' selections of documents. Selective depositories such as the Mary H. Weir Public Library choose which documents we wish to receive by adding or dropping item numbers, with some exceptions (a mininum percentage is required, and three items, 0154-B, 0556-C, and 1004-E, are required of all Depository libraries). Currently, the Mary H. Weir Public Library selects 7.3% of all items available. Regional depository libraries -- there is one for each state -- receive all the items available.  West Virginia University is the regional depository for West Virginia.

FDLP Basic Collection Revised
from Administrative Notes 7/15/2001

            The list of titles constituting the Basic Collection was developed in 1977 to identify the most basic Federal documents for inclusion in depository collections. These documents are vital sources of  information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of their Federal Government. Good collection development and maintenance practices dictate that the list of titles must be kept current. Changes in the publications, including format, must be recognized, and new titles should be added as the user community and agency publication practices change.

            Library Programs Service (LPS) presented a proposed revision of the Basic Collection to the Depository Library Council for its consideration at its spring 2001 meeting. Following Council action, the Collection was revised, and replaces the Basic Collection found in the Federal Depository Library Manual, Appendix C, pp. 173-174 (1993). The revised list of titles in the Collection shown below is also available via the FDLP Desktop at <www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/coll-dev/basic-01.html>.

            All depositories are expected to have the titles in the Basic Collection accessible to their patrons (see Instructions to Depository Libraries, page 5, and the Guidelines for the Federal Depository Library Program, 3-1). How this is accomplished is a local decision; however, merely linking to GPO Access or the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) does not provide sufficient access to all of these titles. While access is best accomplished by cataloging the titles and including active hyperlinks in the bibliographic record, other alternatives are available to depositories:

[Inserted into this list are explanations of how the Mary H. Weir Public Library is addressing these alternatives.]