January 16, 2022

New Mexico: Memorandum Brings State University Libraries Together (Shared Repository for US Gov Docs)

From the University of New Mexico:

The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and the New Mexico State Library (NMSL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding creating a shared Regional Depository Library for Federal government information in New Mexico. Federal depository libraries participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), which is administered nationally by the United States Government Publications Office (USGPO).


NMSU and NMSL have participated in the FDLP for a number of years. NMSU, with land-grant status as a depository library, and NMSL, formerly a Regional Depository library, have held smaller collections of government information. With the approval of the United States Superintendent of Documents, the two institutions join UNM in sharing responsibility for the Regional Depository collections.

Under the new shared system, the collection currently at UNM will be divided and each institution will house the documents most relevant to their location and purpose. For instance, agricultural reports and publications will be housed at NMSU which has programs in agriculture.

“This is an historic agreement of cooperation between the three partner libraries that provides greater access to these important documents to the citizens of New Mexico,” said Richard Clement, Dean of UNM Libraries. “It is a model for Federal Depository libraries across the nation.”

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