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Government Publications at the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records collects, preserves and provides access to federal, state and local government publications through programs and special collections. is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.



Sudoc Number Publication

Y 4.P 93/1:1/106

Congressional Directory

Y 1.2/5:

United States Code

The Department of Commerce promotes job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and secure trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development.


Sudoc Number Publication
C 3.134: Statistical Abstract of the United States
C 3.134/2: County and City Data Book
C 3.134/5: State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
C 21.2:R 26/ Basic Facts About Trademarks
C 21.26/2: General Information Concerning Patents


It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.



Sudoc Number Publication
HE 20.6210/2: Where to Write for Vital Records
HE 20.7818: Health Information for International Travel


The Interior Department had a wide range of responsibilities entrusted to it: the construction of the national capital's water system, the colonization of freed slaves in Haiti, exploration of western wilderness, oversight of the District of Columbia jail, regulation of territorial governments, management of hospitals and universities, management of public parks,and the basic responsibilities for Indians, public lands, patents, and pensions. In one way or another all of these had to do with the internal development of the Nation or the welfare of its people.


Sudoc Number Publication
I 19.165: Minerals Yearbook
I 29.103: National Parks Index


The State Department's mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere.



Sudoc Number Publication
S 1.8: Diplomatic List
S 1.8/2: U.S. Embassies and Other Diplomatic Missions
S 1.69/2: Foreign Consular Offices in the United States
S 9.14: Treaties in Force


The Treasury Department is the executive agency responsible for promoting economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the United States. The Department is responsible for a wide range of activities such as advising the President on economic and financial issues, encouraging sustainable economic growth, and fostering improved governance in financial institutions.

The Department of the Treasury operates and maintains systems that are critical to the nation's financial infrastructure, such as the production of coin and currency, the disbursement of payments to the American public, revenue collection, and the borrowing of funds necessary to run the federal government.



Sudoc Number Publication
T 22.44/ Federal Income Tax Forms, Instructions and Publications

Department of Labor Mission Statement: To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.



Sudoc Number Publication
L 2.3/4: Occupational Outlook Handbook
L 2.3/5: Bureau of Labor Statistics
L 36.211: Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations


The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is the independent regulatory agency charged with administering and enforcing the federal campaign finance law. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House, Senate, Presidency and the Vice Presidency.



Sudoc Number Publication

Y 3.EL 2/3:14-2/

Combined Federal/State Disclosure and Election Directory

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats.



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GP 3.9:

U.S. Government Bookstore

GP 3.36/2:

Federal Depository Library Directory

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.


The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.


Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation's people for over 80 years. Chances are, you either receive Social Security benefits or know someone who does. With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation's history.



Sudoc Number Publication

SSA 1.8/3:

Social Security Handbook

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent agency of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution.



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P 1.10/8:

ZIP Code Look-Up

P 1.10/5:

International Mail Manual

P 1.12/11:

Domestic Mail Manual

Nevada's FDLP selective libraries joined Utah's regional library in December 2019 after almost 10 years of not reporting to a regional library. This enables these libraries to better manage and coordinate their federal publication collections.

Resources for Nevada-Utah selective libraries

The State Publications Distribution Center (SPDC) was created by Nevada statute in 1971. The intent of this program is to collect all Nevada state, county and municipal government publications intended for the public and distribute them to designated depository libraries within the state, which in turn keep state and local government publications accessible for use and provide assistance without charge to library users.

A list of libraries that receive items from the State Publication Distribution Center

Carson City Elko

Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records

State Publications Distribution Center
100 North Stewart Street 
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4285

(775) 684-3329

Elko County Library System

Elko-Lander-Eureka Counties Library System
720 Court Street
Elko, Nevada 89801

(775) 738-3077

Research Library

Legislative Counsel Bureau
401 South Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4747

(775) 684-6827

Las Vegas Reno

Lied Library

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7001

(702) 895-2100

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

University of Nevada, Reno
1664 North Virginia St. Mail Stop 322
Reno, NV 89557-0322

(775) 682-5594

Las Vegas Library

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
7060 West Windmill Lane
Las Vegas, Nevada 89113

(702) 507-6312

Downtown Reno Library

Washoe County Library System
301 South Center Street
Reno, Nevada 89501

(775) 327-8347

Washington D.C.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE
Washington, DC 20540

(202) 707-5000

Why deposit with us?

  • It enables citizens from all areas of Nevada to have timely and easy access to the publications of their state government.

  • It creates and preserves a complete, centralized, and organized historical record of Nevada through its state publications.

  • It maximizes access to state publications through one global and many local library database entries, as well as access at the Library of Congress.  For a full list of libraries in the Nevada depository network see the Handbook for State Agency Contacts.

  • It allows agencies to refer public requests for their materials to libraries, saving agencies' staff time

  • It provides access to out-of print publications, no longer available at the agency or on its website.

  • It provides library staff at the depositories who are trained to assist the public in finding the publications they need.

  • It is the law, see NRS 378.150 - .210

How many copies?

  • State agencies send at least 10 copies of each print publication. 12 copies is the ideal, as that allows the SPDC to make a full distribution.

  • Cities, counties, regional agencies, school districts, and special district agencies send 6 copies.

Which documents do I send?

  • The Nevada statute offers three tests for determining if your publication fits the parameters of a state publication:

    • Is it produced pursuant to the authority of or at the total or partial expense of a state agency or local government?

    • Is it required by law to be distributed by a state agency or local government?

    • Is it distributed publicly by a state agency or local government outside that state agency or local government?

  • For more detailed information about determining what a state publication is, refer to the Handbook for State Agency Contacts. If you have any questions about State Publications please feel free to email the Government Publications Librarian, or call program staff at (775) 684-3332.

Which format should I send?

Any format that is used to distribute information to the public is also appropriate to send to the SPDC. This may include both print and electronic formats.

Where do I send print publications? 

State Publication Distribution Center
Nevada State Library, Archives, & Public Records
100 N. Stewart St.
Carson City, NV 89701


Where do I send electronic publications? 

  • Send an email including publication titles and web links to Be sure to include your name and agency contact information so the department can reach you for clarification.


Government Publications Librarian
100 N. Stewart St.
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone (775) 684-3308

Click here to access the Handbook for State Agency Contacts. 

Below are monthly lists of materials received from state agencies, distributed to state depositories, and added to the Nevada State Library, Archives & Public Records (NSLAPR) collection. The Swank call number is a locator for print items in the NSLA collection. Find these publications and others by using the catalog.

Click here to access all SPDC Shipping Lists

Click here for the State Publication Transmittal Form. 

Have questions?

Call us at 775-684-3360


Email us.