Federal Depository and Government Information Services

Wyndham Robertson Library is a selective Federal Depository Library. We serve the Hollins community and the people of Virginia’s sixth Congressional District with access to federal government documents, and government information research assistance.

Our library is┬áselective repository that chooses a small percentage of federally published materials, based on the university’s curriculum and the needs of the local community. The┬álibrary became a Federal Depository Library in 1968; however, the collection also includes volumes that were published earlier.

The documents collection is located on the ground floor of the library and is open to all (click here for directions to campus).

Government Documents Collection

SEARCH: Search our local documents collection



Govinfo: Search U.S. government information.


USA.gov: U.S. government services navigator.


The documents collection is available whenever the library is open. Click here for library hours.

Access to the collection

All are free to use the government documents collection; you do not have to have a connection with the university. Wyndham Robertson Library is committed to providing the public with open, free access to our government information materials, according to the rules of the Federal Depository Library Program and Title 44, section 1911 of the U.S. Code.

To access the university network computers (including computers in the library) for online research, guests are asked to sign in at the Reference desk on the first floor. Please provide proof of identity with two forms of ID. No filtering software of any kind is used on the library computers, and the library does not monitor anyone’s browsing or reading activity.

Borrowing materials

Most of our government documents may be checked out with a valid Hollins ID card. Some materials, including microfiche and microfilm, are in-library use only.

Guests who wish to check out materials should contact our Circulation department to get a guest borrowers card.

Research Assistance

Reference assistance is available: ask at the first floor Reference desk, call (540) 362-7465, or email us.

Our Government Documents are organized according to the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system. The first letters of a call number refer to the issuing agency, i.e. whoever has created the document. For example, all documents produced by the Department of Defense are shelved together under “D”.

If you are doing research on a particular topic, you may have to look in more than one place. For example, the history of U.S. military action abroad may be found in documents from the Department of Defense, the State Department, the CIA, the Executive Office of the President and Congress.

First letters and agencies:

AAgriculture Department
LLabor Department
AENational ArchivesLCLibrary of Congress
C3Census Bureau (Commerce Dept.)LRLabor Relations Board
CRCivil Rights CommissionNNavy
DDefense DepartmentNANational Research Council
EEnergy DepartmentNASNational Aeronautics & Space Administration
EDEducation DepartmentNFNational Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts
EPEnvironmental Protection AgencyNSNational Science Foundation
FEMFederal Emergency Management AgencyPEPeace Corps
FRFederal ReservePMOffice of Personnel Management
FSPublic Health ServicesPRPresidential Reports
FTFederal Trade CommissionPREXExecutive Office of the President
GBGeographic BoardPRVPVice Presidential Reports
GPGovernment PrintingSState Department
GSGeneral Services AdministrationSBASmall Business Administration
HEHealth & Human Services Dept.SISSmithsonian Institution
HHHousing & Urban DevelopmentSSASocial Security Administration
HSHomeland Security DepartmentT22Interior Revenue Service (Treasury)
IInterior DepartmentTDTransportation Department
I19U.S. Geological SurveyW45War Records
IAInformation AgencyW49Philippine Islands
ICInterstate Commerce CommissionX, YCongress
JDepartment of JusticeY4Congressional Committees
JUJudiciaryY10Congressional Budget Office


Numbers after the period are treated like a WHOLE number, not like a decimal number as in the Library of Congress call number system.

Correct SuDoc order [whole numbers]:
Correct LC order [decimal]:
Last updated: January 8, 2021 at 11:26 am