FDLP at WVLC
The West Virginia Library Commission Reference Library was designated a selective Federal Depository Library in 1975. We are one of 13 selective depositories in the state. The state's regional depository library is located at WVU.
The primary mission of the WVLC Reference Library is to support the information needs of state government agencies and the reference needs of public and school libraries throughout the state. The Reference Library also serves as the contact point for government information for the constituents of the second U.S. Congressional District of West Virginia. Constituents are guaranteed free use of U.S. Government information in all formats in this library.
Currently the WVLC Reference Library selects 30% of available documents in the program, across several formats, including electronic, print, and microfilm. In order to better serve the informational needs of our patrons, we collect federal documents concerning the following areas: statistical information concerning West Virginia, neighboring states, the Appalachian Region, and national statistics; legislative and legal documents; federal research materials; consumer information and guides; and, general subjects of public interest, including U.S. military history.
Other FDLP libraries in West Virginia
In our Collection
-- the history of government information, from its colorful beginnings to the era of Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and data breaches;
-- how to think like a government documents librarian in order to find information efficiently, plus other research tips;
-- all types of law resources and information, including public laws and the U.S. Code, Case Law and the judicial branch, and regulations;
-- Congressional literature, from bills and committee hearings to the U.S. Congressional Serial Set;
-- patents, trademarks, and intellectual property;
-- census data, educational information, and other statistical resources;
-- health information, with an in-depth look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the trend toward and impact of online medical records; and
-- science, environmental, and energy resources from agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
Exercises throughout the text support instruction, while the approachable and well-organized style make it ideal for day-to-day reference use.