Collection Overview

Tulsa City-County Library was designated a selective federal depository in 1963 and a full state depository in 1978. Currently, the library is a mostly online depository, receiving only the FDLP basic collection in print.  

In addition, the library is a repository of Tulsa County and City of Tulsa publications, as well as the state publications deposited with the Oklahoma Publications Clearinghouse each year.

Accessing the Collection

The Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL) offers the public free access to Federal Government information in print, microform and electronic formats. As a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), TCCL follows the principle of free access governing use of depository materials as provided in Section 1911 of Title 44, United States Code.

All of the federal, state, and local publications part of the Research Center collections. Many federal and state publications are available for checkout and can be routed to a branch library of choice. For assistance accessing these collections phone the Documents Department (918-549-7430) or Customer Care (918-549-7323).

TCCL's federal and state publications are included in the library's online catalog. Access to city and county publications is currently available by authoring agency and title only.  Librarians are available to aid in locating materials in these areas.

Public access to FDLP and State of Oklahoma information on the Internet and in other electronic formats is free of charge, though printing fees do apply. The use of library computers to access electronic formats is defined in the Library's Computer Use Policy. Tulsa City-County Library does use filtering software on all of its workstations and WiFi network.

Documents Basics

The FDLP: Helping to Keep America Informed

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public's right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government. The FDLP provides Government information at no cost to designated depository libraries throughout the country and territories. These depository libraries, in turn, provide local, no-fee access to Government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance.

SuDoc Explained

The government documents received at TCCL are housed in the Research Center at the Central Library (4th St & Denver Ave). These materials are primarily arranged by SuDoc, short for the Superintendent of Documents call number system.

The SuDoc system is an alpha-nermic call number scheme that places materials together in the shelves according to the agency that issued the document, reflecting the organization of the government. Here's an example:

sudoc explainedclick the image for additional information

 

For a more detailed explanation visit:
FDLP Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) Classification Scheme

Government Information on the Web

  • USA.gov

    As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.

There are millions of government websites. These are just a few to assist with your online search of government information.