About UCF's Government Resources and Services
About UCF's Collections
Levels of Government
UCF became a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in
1966. The selection percentage has increased over the years, with UCF currently
receiving approximately 90% of Federal publications distributed through
this program. Documents in every subject area are collected. The libraries'
collections include many materials with information dating back to 1789
The UCF Libraries receive all public documents distributed by the State
Library of Florida through the Florida Public Documents Depository Program
(FPDDP). Although the depository program didn't begin until 1968, the libraries'
collections also include some materials with information dating back to
statehood in 1845 and reprints of some territorial papers.
The UCF Libraries receive all materials distributed through the Patent &
Trademark Depository Library Program (PTDLP). The UCF Patent & Trademark
Library is open to the public and has the resources needed to do preliminary
patent and trademark research. The libraries' extensive collection includes
resources dating to 1790 for historical patent and trademark research.
Research Assistance with Government Topics and Publications
Assistance with government topic research is available at the UCF Library's Research
Assistance Desk during all staffed hours
The Research Assistance / Reference Desk is on the entrance level (2nd floor), halfway
back as you walk into the Library (Map
Most questions can be handled directly by the staff at the Research Assistance Desk.
For more complex questions, the Documents Librarian is accessible through the staff
at the desk most weekdays during daytime hours, and the Documents Librarian staffs the
desk most Monday evenings until 10 PM.
At times when the Research Assistance Desk is closed (e.g., after 10 PM), directional
assistance may be available from the staff at the Circulation / Book Return Desk at
the entrance of the Library.
Brief government topic questions can be submitted electronically or by telephone (407-823-2562)
to Ask A Librarian
Appointments for Research Assistance
A Research Consultation
is a one-on-one appointment with a librarian for extensive, in-depth research assistance.
If you need more help than can be provided at the Research Assistance Desk or from the
Ask A Librarian service, you may sign up for a Research Consultation appointment.
At least 48 business hours notice is required for all appointments.
Normally this service is only available to UCF students, faculty, and staff, but the
Documents Librarian may be available to assist members of the general public with research
questions related to information from the government document collections.
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Locating Government Documents
Location of the Florida and U.S. Documents Collections
The principal collections for Florida Documents and U.S. Documents are located on the
entrance level (2nd floor), past the Research Assistance Desk and to the left (Map
Some documents may be in one of the microfiche collections or shelved on another floor
in the General Collection of the UCF Library, so please ask at the Research Assistance
Desk for help in locating specific documents.
Location of the Patents & Trademark Library
The Patents & Trademark Library is located on the entrance level (2nd floor), past the
Research Assistance Desk and straight back to the rear of the building (Map
Catalogs and Indexes of Government Information
Many older documents that are available at the UCF Libraries are not yet listed in the
online UCF library catalog, but you might be able to identify the appropriate call number
for the UCF Libraries' collection through another library's catalog. The UCF Library
maintains a piece-level shelflist identifying the complete holdings of all depository
items. A retrospective cataloging project is currently underway to inventory all older
documents and fully describe the library's holdings in the online catalog.
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Checking Out Materials
All government publications are available for on-site use by the university community and
the general public.
Many documents are available for checkout to UCF students, faculty, staff, and holders of
" Special Borrower's Cards."
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Looking for something else? Ask for assistance
at the UCF Libraries' Research Assistance Desk or contact Ask A Librarian.
Prepared by: Rich Gause,
Government Documents Librarian
URL of this page: http://library.ucf.edu/govdocs/about.asp
Last updated October 13, 2011 9:26:10 AM