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In 1813 Congress established a principle to make government accessible via documents generated by the three branches of government. So much information is available right here at Traurig Library.
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What is a Federal Depository Library

Since 1977 Traurig Library has been designated a  federal depository library.  That means this library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code). In order to make goverment information easily and freely accessible to the citizens of the United States, the Government Printing Office has designated over 1,200 federal depository libraries throughout the United States and its territories.  Depository libraries may be found  in federal agencies, service academies, law schools, state appellate courts, public libraries and in academic libraries (both state-supported and private).

Administered by the Superintendent of Documents, there are two kinds of depository libraries: regional and selective. There are currently 48 regional depositories nationwide that receive and retain permanently all  publications distributed by the Federal Depository Library Program, thus ensuring comprehensive government documents collections for their respective regions. The regional library provides interlibrary loan and reference service to both depository and nondepository libraries in its region.  Selective depositories, such as Traurig Library, are not required to receive and retain all government publications.  In addition to a basic collection, they may choose those items that are best suited for their primary clientale as well as the general public in their Congressional district.  All depositories are open to the public for free use.

 Federal documents are arranged on the shelves according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system rather than the Library of Congress system used by the rest of the library. The SuDoc system arranges books by the agency which produced them. Please feel free to ask for assistance in locating documents


    Collection Development Policy



    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Traurig Library and Learning Resource Center is to take primary responsibility for providing the learning resources necessary to support the Post University curriculum.


    The Traurig Library was designated a selective Federal depository in 1977.  The library is one of the three Federal depositories serving the fifth U.S. Congressional District of Connecticut.  The others are located  Silas Bronson Library (Waterbury’s public library) and Haas Library at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.

    Waterbury has a population of 110,189 according to the 2011 U.S. Census.  Industry consists of small retail and manufacturing businesses.  Post University is a private-for-profit school with about 800 students at the main campus and about 14,000 online students.  In 2006, Post offered its first master’s degree program.  In addition to a traditional campus program, Post is the largest provider of on-line educational programs in Connecticut. The University is comprised of four colleges:  Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, and John P. Burke School of Public Services.  The library supports the following subject areas:  accounting, art, biology, business, computer information, communication, criminal justice, economics education, English, environmental studies, equine, finance, human services, legal studies, management, marketing, psychology, public policy, science, sociology, and sport management.

    Item Selection/Criteria

    The Information Services Librarian also oversees Government Documents.   S/he makes selections and also requests input from professors, the Reference Librarian, and the Director.  Review of selected materials is done annually and timely decisions are made about new items offered by GPO.  As curriculums grow and change, the Government Documents collection adapts accordingly.

    All formats are considered  but preference is for paper or electronic. Online computer files are evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether they are appropriate for the collection.

    Housing of Material

    The collection is housed in the main part of the library near the Law Library.  It is arranged by SuDoc number.  A few selected titles are kept in the Ready Reference Collection.  Web addresses are included in Marc records for electronic computer files.

    Circulation and Access

    Government Documents circulate for 28 days.  They can be accessed and checked out through our OPAC.  Government Documents are also available to other institutions through Interlibrary Loan.  Traurig Library and Resource Center is open approximately 75 hours during the school year and  50 hours during the summer.  A librarian or trained library staff member is always available.  The Government Document collection is available to students, teachers, staff, and the public during open hours.  Questions can be sent to the library e-mail, twitter, Facebook, or by calling the library.


    Material that is superseded will be discarded when a new item is shelved.  As required by law materials are retained for five years or longer.  Discard procedures have been instituted in accordance with depository regulations.  The shelf life of an item is determined by its current value to the curriculum as well as its historic value.



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