About the Department

As part of the Federal Depository Library Program, the Government Documents department at the Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library is dedicated to serving the needs of library users at the University of West Georgia by collecting and organizing government information and providing access, instruction, and assistance in the use of these materials.

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Federal Depository Library Program Eagle Logo

The eagle logo above represents the Federal Depository Library Program. Libraries participating in the program receive copies of U.S. Government documents and publications at no cost from the Government Publishing Office. UWG's Ingram Library is a selective depository, meaning that we receive some, but not all documents and publications made available. For more information about the types of government documents that the Ingram Library collects, please read our Collection Policy under the "Mission and Policies" tab.

  • Getting Started

    Where to Start

    Federal publications in our physical collection are arranged by Superintendent of Documents classification number (SuDocs). Where possible, publications are grouped together by issuing agency. Therefore, it is helpful to know the issuing agency when searching for U.S. Government documents that may be on our shelves. (Microfiche and maps are shelved separately).

    A–Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies
    An exhaustive list of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies, with official website links.

    Government Information at Ingram Library
    The Government Documents department also maintains a research guide that provides links to commonly-used government information resources on the web.

  • Maps Collection

    Philosophy and Goals

    The Map Collection at Ingram Library is provided and maintained to support the University of West Georgia curriculum. The collection is intended to be a resource for the academic programs at UWG, as well as for research and study by members of the UWG community. Local and regional community members also have access to this collection. By preserving, making available, instructing, and assisting the campus community and the public in the use of maps, department staff contributes to cartographic education and ensures the preservation of the map collection for future generations.

    Selection Responsibility

    The primary selection responsibility for the depository Map Collection lies with the Government Documents Associate.

    Maps Contained in the Collection

    Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Maps

    The largest part of our map collection consists of maps acquired through the FDLP. These are primarily United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps, which are housed in map cabinets by state and area. The library also receives other maps through the FDLP, including maps from agencies such as the CIA and the Census Bureau, and these maps may be housed with the regular documents collection.

    Other United States Maps

    Ingram Library also maintains maps from sources such as National Geographic. These maps may be housed in the map cabinets and arranged by Library of Congress Classification.

    Foreign Maps

    We have a limited collection of foreign maps, which are found in the map cabinets and arranged by Library of Congress Classification.


    A small collection of atlases are kept in atlas stands in the map and reference areas. These include historical atlases, general U.S. atlases, and a limited number of other national and thematic atlases.


    English language materials are primarily collected, but other languages may also be considered and are sometimes the only choice.


    Although a small number of Georgia and Alabama maps continue to be maintained in the traditional paper format, the newest topographic maps are available only as PDFs through The National Map, an official website of the United States Geological Survey.

    Support Materials

    Geographical gazetteers, map indexes, map use manuals, cartobibliographies, dictionaries, glossaries, map dealers' catalogs, books and periodicals on map librarianship, and other reference works directly related to the map collection and its management and preservation may be acquired.

    Policy Revision

    This collection development policy will be reviewed at least yearly and amended as considered necessary. Changes in the FDLP, as well as changes in programs at UWG and the needs of the UWG community, will be reflected in any revisions to this policy.

    Last Revision Date: 6 June 2018

  • Mission and Policies


    The Government Documents Department is dedicated to serving the needs of its patrons by collecting and organizing government information and providing access, instruction, and assistance in the use of these materials.

    General Purpose and User Community

    Ingram Library has been a selective depository for federal documents since 1962, serving the Third Congressional District of Georgia in accordance with the Legal Requirements and Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program. The purpose of the depository is to collect, organize, and provide access to U.S. Government publications in support of the current and anticipated instructional, research, and service programs of the University of West Georgia, as well as the informational needs of Georgia's Third Congressional District.

    Additional policy information is available on our Policies page and in our department's collection development policy (.docx, 26KB).