EOU Pierce Library is a United States Federal Depository Library
The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government’s information. GPO administers the FDLP on behalf of the participating libraries and the public. Information products from the Federal Government are disseminated to these nationwide libraries that, in turn, ensure the American public has free access to the materials, both in print and online.
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A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. (Madison Aug. 4, 1822 letter to W.T.Barry)
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MetaLib is a library portal providing end users with an easy and personalized interface which can search simultaneously for information in a variety of electronic resources, such as catalogs, reference databases, digital repositories or subject-based Web gateways. These information resources are collectively referred to as databases. Once you have found the information in which you are interested, MetaLib provides you with the tools to save it for future reference in your E-shelf, save it to disk or send it by email.
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In 1954 Pierce Library was designated as a selective Federal Depository. Our library selectively collects 32% of all documents produced through the Federal Library Depository Program (FDLP). The federal document collection contains over 78,000 items in all depository formats. Pierce Library also participates in the Oregon State Documents Depository program receiving state documents through the Oregon State Library. Documents in this collection number over 8000.
Pierce Library's Government Documents Collection Development Policy provides detailed information about collection policy for the documents collection.
Oregon state and federal depository resources are available for any member of the general public to access during regular library hours. Print and online documents may be located and accessed in our library catalog. Reference assistance and help in accessing the collection is also available.