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Charles B. Sears Law Library University at Buffalo School of Law

Federal Depository Library Program Participant

Charles B. Sears Law Library became a selective federal government depository in 1978 and is a part of the Federal Depository Library Program.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) forwards to depository libraries copies of government publications without charge. Selective depositories receive only those items they choose to acquire. Depositories assume the responsibility of making the documents available to the entire community when receiving them gratis. In UB's context, that means the University community, as well as the public at large. The Law Library receives approximately 11.02% of the documents available. Click here for a more detailed description of the depository system and click here for an audio description.

Although becoming a depository late, the UB Libraries still hold a wide variety of Congressional materials and census publications from the eighteenth century, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Most federal government titles owned by UB are listed in the Libraries' Catalog. Click here for a tutorial about locating government publications in the Libraries Catalog.

The following information will also help locate government publications.

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System Central Library (Lafayette Square) became a depository library in 1895 and holds many of the earlier materials unavailable at UB.

For more information about searching for federal government publications in Charles B. Sears Law Library and the University Libraries, please see Lockwood Library’s extensive guide to government documents.

The Law Library organizes government publications in keeping with its collection policy. All government documents are cataloged and processed according to the rigorous standards used for all items added to the Law Library’s collection.

If you need assistance using the Law Library’s collection, please feel free to stop by the reference desk, located on the first floor of the law library, call the desk at 716-645-8504, email a reference librarian at, or send an instant message.