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).


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Perhaps you have searched our online catalog and found call numbers that begin with the designation "GOVDOC."  This means that you have found a book, report, or other item published by the Government Printing Office. 

Vance Memorial Library is a selective U.S. government publications depository for the 30th Congressional District. The Government Documents office is located on the 2nd floor of the Collins Learning Center. This program brings useful information from the federal government to Library users in a variety of media:

  • Print
  • Microfiche
  • Maps
  • CDs
  • Internet


Most print-format government documents are shelved near the computer lab on the second floor.  Yellow labels at the ends of the stacks indicate the government documents section. Other formats, such as microfiche, maps, CDs, and reserved items are available at the Circulation desk on the first floor.. However, government information is becoming increasingly available online. The online resources are available through links in the library's catalog. If you have trouble locating a government document item, please feel free to consult the Supervisor of Government Documents, whose office is located near the GovDoc shelves on the 2nd floor. 


Our depository collection focuses on materials from several sources,

  • Congress
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Other government agencies


The Dallas Baptist University community and the general public may use these materials during regular operating hours. In most cases, Government Documents may be checked out.

Accessing Government Documents


U. S. Government materials, in any format, are intended for public use.  Anyone is welcome to use them in the library and many may be checked out.  People holding either a valid DBU ID card, or a Texas driver's license showing residence in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, are eligible to check out Government Document items.


Type of material Print documents /books CD/DVD/VHS Reserve Items
Check-out period 2 weeks 1 week 3 hours
Maximum items 10 2 1


One renewal is allowed.  Overdue items are declared lost after 30 days; a $15 lost item fee is charged.  Payment of a fee for damaged material does not transfer ownership of the material to the patron.

Some items are restricted to library use only.  These include:

The DBU Government Documents Library exists to serve the public; however, at times it may be necessary to refer an individual to other neighboring depositories.  Some other area depository libraries include:


Dallas Public Library 214-670-1452
Southern Methodist University 214-768-2561
Texas Christian University 817-257-5430
University of Texas, Arlington
University of Texas, Dallas 972-883-4103
University of North Texas 940-369-5067


To locate a federal depository library, use the FDPL website:

We are here to help you!

For more information, questions, or comments regarding the Government Documents collection, please contact:

Government Documents Supervisor
Traci West


To ensure prompt attention to email,

please include "DBU" in the subject line of your message.


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