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As a Federal depository library, Auburn University Libraries (AUL) has a duty to a much larger user base than just university students, faculty and staff. That status requires AUL to make government documents it holds readily available to all citizens. To ensure this mission is fulfilled, periodic evaluations are made through a Public Access Assessment by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). In its January 2015 evaluation of AUL, the GPO team found AUL in full compliance with its responsibilities as a Federal depository library.

In its evaluation report, the GPO wrote, “The library has a strong Federal depository operation and multiple services that support free, public access to the depository collection. Led by knowledgeable depository coordinator and staff, several library staff work regularly with Federal depository resources and contribute to its success.”

Headed by Liza Weisbrod, AUL Government Documents Department, the AUL participation in the Federal Depository Library Program has led to Auburn being recognized as a leader in the collection of government documents in the subject areas of agriculture and aviation history and it is a “Center of Excellence” in these two areas as part of a collaboration with other Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. It is also a Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

At the end of its summary of AUL’s evaluation, the GPO wrote, “GPO appreciates the library’s continuing commitment to participate in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).”