University Libraries

Carlson Library Government Documents

Government Document LogoCarlson Library has been a selective depository for United States federal and state government documents since 1964 when U.S. 9th Congressional District Representative Thomas L. Ashley (D) of Toledo made the designation. In our fifty 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. In recent years the Library has shifted its collection to primarily electronic receipts.


The Government Documents collection is located on the third floor of Carlson Library.  Assistance is available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Certain documents may require some additional assistance to access.  


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 Government Information: An Introduction for complete information about locating government documents in the Library or elsewhere.

Contact Information

Lucy Duhon 
Government Documents Coordinator
(419) 530-2838

Last Updated: 6/27/22