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Government Documents at Colorado College

Tutt Library has been a selective Federal Government Document Depository since 1880. Over the years the library has maintained one of the best historical collections of U.S. Government Documents in the surrounding region, with some publications dating from 1774.  The U.S. Government Documents Depository collection serves the college, general public and 5th Congressional District.  

Government Documents include publications of all the branches and agencies of the U.S. Federal Government in a variety of formats.

Materials are selected in the following areas: 


Supreme Court


Public Policy









General Science

Envirnomental Science

Political Science

U.S. History

(See the U.S. Government Documents Depository Policy for more details.)

Tutt Library also has some Colorado State Publications; to view this collection check the TIGER catalog.

Using Government Documents

  • Anyone may use the materials received via the Federal Depository Library Program. See the Community Users policy for more details.
  • Computer stations near the Research Desk are designated for public use. See a research librarian to get logged in.
  • While most of the items in the collection are available to check out according to the library Circulation Policies, maps, microfiche, and some other materials do not circulate.
  • Visit the Circulation Desk on the main floor to check out items and pick up requested items.

Finding Government Documents

Use the TIGER Catalog to located publications in the collection and online.

Find Government Publications

Search TIGER for
Search maps for
Item unavailable in TIGER?
Try searching Prospector, then Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

Please use the following guides to help you find items.

For assistance with government information visit the Research Desk on the 2nd floor.

Locations of Government Documents

Government Documents are shelved according to the SUDOC classification system for federal publications.  They are located in Tutt Library in the Garden Level and the map room on the 4th floor.  More publications are housed at the Creekside off-site facility; request these items through the TIGER catalog.

  • Please use the Tiger Catalog to locate locations.
  • Use the Red Request button for items at Creekside.

SuDocs: Superintendent of Documents Classification

…is a classification system used for materials printed by the federal government
… groups together publications by the same governmental agency or department

Note – this is a different system than is used for other materials at Tutt Library

- SuDocs Basics - (Michigan State University)

Superintendent of Documents Call Numbers: SuDoc

Help with Federal Publication Collections

Other Near-by Federal Publication Collections

For more detailed information about the program see Tutt Library Government Information Policies