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Federal Depository Library Program


"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)”

Waldo library has participated in the Government Printing Offices's federal depository library program since 1963.

The collection is located on the second floor of Waldo Library

Phone: (269) 387-5208

Fax: (269)-387-5012


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    The Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) system

    Paper, microfiche, cd, and dvd ocuments are shelved by Superintendent of Documents or SuDoc call number.  Unlike a Library of Congress call number system, which organizes material by subject, the SuDoc number system organizes material by issuing agency. There is always a colon (:) in a SuDoc number.

    Lets break apart a SuDoc number

    A 13.28:H 94/5   

    A - This tells us that this document originates from  the Department of Agriculture.

    13 - This tells us that the publication comes from the Forest Service, an agency in the department.

    .28 - This is the number for maps from the Forest Service.

    :H 94/5   This is what librarians call a Cutter number. It represents a major word  in the title of the document so that all of the maps in A 13.28 file in alphabetical order. In this case the H 94/5 stands for the Huron National Forest.

    The title of this document is: Fishing the Huron National Forest.

    In addition to cutter numbers, you can find; years, volume and issue numbers, and series numbers after the colon.

         D 114.15:1989                                 This is an annual report coverinig 1989

         EP 1.23/6:600/R-93/012 C            This is a really long series number

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