Government Documents

K-State Libraries are a selective depository of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), collecting selected U.S. and Kansas government publications. Additionally, we serve the government information needs of K-State faculty, students, staff, and the citizens of Kansas by providing research assistance, public computer workstations, internet access, interlibrary loans, and more. K-State Libraries public services and access policies ensure free, public access to government information. 

Research Assistance

Library patrons who need assistance searching the catalog or locating items in the collection are encouraged to contact Library Help on the 2nd floor of Hale Library. Users are encouraged to contact Adriana Gonzalez whenever they are unable to find the government information they seek.

Government Collections

The primary U.S. and Kansas publications collections are located in Stack F of Hale Library. You can use the Search It to search the collections. The government collections are classified and shelved using the Superintendent of Document Classification Scheme, a different arrangement than that used to organize K-State Libraries’ other collections.

Ask a Librarian if you have questions about locating government publications.


K-State Libraries subscribe to several specialized databases and digital resources related to Government & Law.  Hale Library has more than 200 computer workstations that provide full access to the internet and are available for public use. Laptop users may also take advantage of K-State’s wireless networks. Off-campus use of these databases, except those categorized as free resources, is limited to K-State faculty, students, and staff.

The Government Information research guide includes links to Kansas, U.S., and international government websites, along with agencies that collect and distribute government information.


The map collection is stored in map cases located on the east end of the 3rd floor and are arranged numerically. Records for all of the Kansas maps are included in the online catalog, although other maps received prior to July 1996 have not been cataloged.

Maps are filed primarily by series and scale. The largest series, the 7.5 minute topographical maps, are arranged by state and, within state, by quadrangle name. Other series include land use/land cover, planimetric, and larger scale topographic maps. All Kansas maps are filed in two stacks of map cases located on the south wall of the 3rd floor, near the elevators. Additionally, there are several cases of miscellaneous maps, CIA maps of the world, and travel maps of the U.S. and the world.