University Libraries

Carlson Library Government Documents

Depository Library LogoCarlson Library has been a selective depository for United States federal and state government documents since 1963. In our forty plus years of service, we have provided our users information published by every agency of the government.

Documents come in a wide variety of formats: paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, and online, and the Documents Department has them all.


The Government Documents department is located on the third floor of Carlson Library.  Assistance is available in the Government Documents office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Certain documents, including many publications used for frequent reference, are located in the Documents Office itself.  All government documents on microform are kept with the Microform Collection in the basement of Carlson Library. 


Government documents use a type of call number called a Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) number.  You can easily recognize a SuDoc number because it will have a colon  (:) in it.

Rather than being arranged by subject, SuDoc numbers arrange government publications by the agency that produced the document.  A list of general SuDoc numbers is available if you want to know which agencies correspond to which number. 


See the Finding Government Information page for complete information about locating government documents in the Library or elsewhere.

Contact Information

Suhasini Kumar 
Head, Government Documents Dept.
(419) 530-4485

Last Updated: 7/1/19