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Government Documents Deselection Project

Learn more about the Government Documents Deselection Project including how decisions were made and where materials can know be found in Swem Library.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if there is a government document we had in print, but it is no longer available? 

A: Check our online resources first for the item, we have government documents that are findable in our catalog as well as a number of databases. Check the following places:

  • Conduct PRIMO catalog search using the "Online Only" tab. If we have a record for the item it will show up there! 
  • Check Proquest Congressional (under Databases). This database contains federal documents including CRS reports, hearings, executive documents and more. 
  • Check federal government pages. The Locating US Government Publications guide provides links to all the federal resources.
  • If you cannot locate the document you need through these options, reach out to a librarian for assistance! 

Q: Where are the government documents located now? 

A: The federal government documents collection is moving to the second floor of Swem. Documents with call numbers A-J are available on the second floor; L-Y are in Content Services for cataloging and may be requested with Click and Collect. Virginia documents and reference materials were transferred to appropriate collections at Swem. Maps and microforms remain on the first floor.