Syracuse University’s first library to preserve government collections as published

Syracuse University Libraries extends its Preservation Steward Agreement with the US Government Publishing Office (GPO). Under this agreement, the libraries agree to permanently preserve the print collections of historic government publications produced by the GPO. Syracuse University Libraries is the first preservation steward to agree to preserve new volumes as they are published, as well as historical volumes.

Under this agreement, Syracuse University Libraries will maintain the following.

  • United States code from volume 1 of the 1940 edition through all new volumes as they become available
  • Bylaws in general from Volume 1 (First to Fifth Congress) through all new volumes as they become available

“GPO commends Syracuse University Libraries for pioneering government information and being the first library to preserve new volumes of government information as it is released,” said the Superintendent of Government Information. Laurie Hall Papers. “This is a big step forward in providing access to government information now and in the future and in realizing the GPO’s vision of an informed America.”

“Syracuse University Libraries has been part of the Federal Depository Libraries Program (FDLP) for more than 140 years, almost as long as the university was founded. We were designated as the DFLP on February 7, 1878 by US Congressman Frank Hiscock. Our government records collection includes all types of publications in all formats, and we screen 70% of all available records,” said David Seaman, Dean of Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian.

“This is a wonderful resource for both the scholars on our campus and the greater central New York community. Expanding the program to include new volumes of government information as they are published provides the most timely resources for our faculty, students and community members,” said John Olson, Librarian for Government and geo-information at Syracuse University.

Through the FDLP, GPO works with approximately 1,100 libraries nationwide to provide public access to authentic, published information from all three branches of the federal government in print and electronic form. The antecedents of the program go back to the act of Congress of December 27, 1813 (3 Stat. 140). The law provided that a copy of the journals and papers of the Senate and House be sent to every university and college and to every historical society in every state. GPO has operated the FDLP since 1895.

GPO is the federal government’s resource for publishing reliable information from the federal government to the American people. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for the three branches of the federal government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as official publications of Congress, the White House, and other federal digital agencies. and print formats. GPO provides permanent public access to federal government information at no cost through and partnerships with approximately 1,100 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Libraries Initiative. For more information, please visit

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