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Government Documents: Brief Overview

The MSUB Library's Government Document Collection

The MSU Billings Library has been a selective depository library in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) since 1958.  The collection provides access to government information in print, electronic, and microform formats.  The MSU Billings Library is also a State of Montana Depository Library.  The collection includes governments information at national, regional, state, county, and city levels.


There are a number of libraries in Montana that are a part of the Federal Depository Library Program.  A listing of these participating libraries can be found at Federal Depository Libraries.


The Government Information Research Guide at the University of Montana and the Government Documents Research Guide at Montana State University also contain a lot of helpful information and links.

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The Physical Collection

Most of the recently published government publications are available online.  As time and funding permits, older documents are being digitized and available online as well.  Even though many documents are available electronically, the MSU Billings Library has a selected print collection of government documents including, books, reports, pamphlets, and maps.  Our government documents focus on Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.  This collection is open to the public during library hours. The collection uses the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) Classification System.

MSU Billings Library Electronic Sources of Government Information