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Sherrod Library

East Tennessee State University

Government Documents Department: Introduction

Sherrod Library Government Documents

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law.
(Title 44 United States Code)



Sherrod Library has been a federal document depository for the First Congressional District of Tennessee since 1942, although many items in our collection were published prior to that date. We are currently one of 22 depository libraries in the state of Tennessee, selecting over 50% of the items distributed by the United States Government Printing Office. Our documents collection is one of the seven largest in Tennessee, and we serve as a shared regional depository, with the University of Memphis Library as the primary depository for the state. Sherrod Library has also been a depository for Tennessee state documents since 1978.

During the past 70 years, our collection has grown to well over 1,000,000 items. Collection strengths are in areas relating to the environment, the Appalachian region, education, health, justice, business, and veterans' affairs.

During the past twenty years, the Government Printing Office has increasingly turned to electronic publication to provide information to our citizens. The Sherrod Library online catalog provides access to government publications in all formats--print, microform, cd-rom, and electronic publications available on the internet.

Dr. Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis
423 439-4715

Government Documents Dept.

Sherrod Library

Box 70665

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, Tennessee 37614