Federal Depository Libraries


  How can I have been going to the library and to many libraries all this time without knowing about Federal Depository Libraries? A survey request taped to the library internet terminal prompted me to take the 16 question on-line survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HSLCRRB

  I felt strangely stupid clicking on some of the boxes because I wasn’t sure what a FDLP library was. Thankfully, at the end of the survey, the Government Printing Office (GPO) homepage showed on my screen on the #10 computer, the one with the daisy design glued to the right side of it. 

    From the site, I was able to learn that Congress established the Federal Depository Libraries Program “to ensure the American public has access to its Government’s information” and that it is part of their mission, a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office, “to disseminate information products for all three branches of government.” For free.

   I found a friendly map that lets you click on your state to find library locations. It was nice to learn the Reading Public Library is among the nearly 1,250 in the system, which began in 1813 and includes the fifty states, the district and territories. http://www.gpoaccess.gov/libraries.html

   This is the link↑

 While I was taking this trip, thanks to Ben’s Guide to Goverment I managed to find another interesting site about the U.S Mint:http://www.usmint.gov/kids/coinnews/makingCents/2010/q4.cfm which is fun for kids and adults.

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