Welcome to the U.S. Depository at the George and Helen Ladd Library!
- We are open to all, and we help to serve Maine's 2nd Congressional District through the FDLP program.
- On December 14, 1883, the Honorable Nelson Dingley, Jr. (Maine - 2nd Cong. District) named Bates College as the first official federal depository in Maine.
We are celebrating 131 years of service as a federal depository!
Other Maine Depositories
- There are a total of 10 FDLP libraries in Maine. The Libraries at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges are also depositories.
- The regional depository for Maine is Fogler Library at the University of Maine at Orono. It receives and permanently retains all available government publications from the U.S. Government Printing Office. We can check their depository holdings on MeCat. We essentially view them as our "storage collection", and rely on them for any documents we do not select. This regional depository serves Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Depository Access Policy
The general public is welcome to use depository materials free of charge. Public access to federal government publications in all formats is guaranteed by Title 44, Section 1911 of the United States Code.
Ladd Library adheres to the following policies set by the U. S. Government Printing Office:
- Legal Requirements and Program Regulations (June 2011).
We are a part of the national FDLP program
What we can do for you
- The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information.
- Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public's right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government.
- As institutions committed to equity of access and dedicated to free and unrestricted public use, we serve as one of the vital links between "We the people" and our Government.
- Anyone can visit Federal depository libraries and use the paper or online Federal depository collections which are filled with information on careers, business opportunities, consumer information, health and nutrition, legal and regulatory information, demographics, and numerous other subjects.
- Provide a Basic Collection of U.S. government titles.
- Provide expert assistance and indepth research services for government information.
- Provide local, no-fee access in an impartial environment.
- Collect, organize, and preserve current and historical U.S. government information in various formats.
What are U.S. government documents?
Governments collect and produce information to develop new programs and evaluate existing ones.