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Lehigh University Libraries - Library Guides

U.S. Government Information: Introduction

Federal Depository Library Program

The Lehigh University Library Services has been a designated member of the Federal Depository Library Program  (FDLP) since 1876. Lehigh University is the longest serving Federal Depository Library in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


ASA - The Library Catalog

Search ASA, the library's catalog to find, or check access to, books, ebooks, journals, ejournals, conference papers, government documents and more. From ASA you can:

  • Renew your books online
  • Text the call number, title, and location of a book to your cell phone
  • Create reading lists


The "Catalog" tab in ASA shows the libraries' holdings or access to a specific journal, but it cannot be used to locate specific journal articles. To locate specific journal articles, use the "Articles" tab in the box on the Library's home page:

library homepage articles search

Scope of the Collection

The information produced by federal agencies and issued through the Government Publishing Office offer a wealth of information on numerous topics from Science and Technology, to Congressional Hearings and Regulatory information.

The major strengths of Lehigh's collections includes the following:

  • Census and Demographic Information
  • Federal Legislation
  • Education
  • Military History
  • National Parks Service
  • International Affairs

The vast majority of the library's government publications are located at the Library Materials Center (LMC) and can be found using ASA. If you'd like a document sent from the LMC to lower campus, please use the Request Form

This guide is designed to highlight a few major topics by branch of government.  If you have questions about government information or need further asssitance, please contact me at

Liaison Librarian