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Federal Documents

The University of Southern California is one of the oldest federal depository collections in Southern California, having been a selective federal depository for government documents since 1932.

The core collection, housed in Grand Library, consists of more than 500,000 monographs and serials, CD-Roms, video tapes, and online resources. In addition, more than one million microfiche are in the collection. The collection is especially rich in Congressional and census materials. Additional government documents are housed in specialized subject libraries and the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library.

The federal depository collection is a broad-based multidisciplinary collection that is selected to support the curriculum and research needs of USC faculty, researchers and students, and the information needs of the general public.

Public access to the collection is guaranteed by federal depository law. The general public is welcome to use the collection while in the library. There are no restrictions on use or access to the collection, but a fee is charged for photocopying materials. Public terminals are provided to access online electronic publications and electronic databases.

State Documents (California)

The University Libraries have been a depository for California state documents since 1947. The collection consists of publications of selected state agencies, and the executive and legislative branches. The types of publications collected emphasize

Most of the collection is cataloged and appears in Homer, the library's online catalog. The core California collection is housed in Grand Avenue Library. Except for selected reference materials and journals, this is a circulating collection that can be paged online via Homer. Items in the collection that do not appear in the online catalog may be accessed through special indexes in the Applied Social Sciences Library.

European Union Regional Depository Collection

The Applied Social Science Library is the regional depository in Southern California for all materials produced by the European Union. The collection is part of a network of depository libraries intended to give Americans access to all official publications of the EU.

The Applied Social Sciences Library automatically receives one copy of most EU books, statistical reports and journals. The official publications contain information ranging from policy developments in all sectors of EU activity to statistics on trade, demographics, agriculture, transport, energy and economic indicators. Of particular importance is the Official Journal of the European Union, the EU equivalent of the United States Federal Register. The depository collection also contains:

The collections are available to the public during the library's regular working hours, free of charge and without any conditions.