NWC Hinckley Library Celebrates 50 Years as Federal Depository

NWC librarian Deb Kelly with the 50-year award from the U.S. Government Publishing Office.

Northwest College’s John Taggart Hinckley Library marks its 50th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library today. NWC became a Depository Library on March 15, 1967, shortly after the new library in the Frisby Building opened.

They’ll celebrate with cake and beverages on Tuesday, March 21, from 2-4 p.m. in the Hinckley Library Amphitheatre. All are invited.

The Hinckley Library is one of eight Wyoming libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. The program’s mission of is to provide free, ready and permanent public access to Federal Government information. The FDLP was mandated by Congress in 1813 to provide “one copy of the House and Senate Journals and other Congressional documents” to various libraries throughout the country. Today there are over 1,200 FDLP libraries across all states and territories.

NWC receives about 30% of the documents made available for distribution, making it a selective depository. Some interesting titles they’ve received include:

  • Public Papers of the President (from Herbert Hoover through Barak Obama)
  • Agriculture Yearbook (from 1894)
  • U.S. Geological Survey publications (from 1884)
  • Forest Service Maps for Wyoming and contiguous states
  • Defense Department histories (all branches of service)
  • NASA publications
  • Archaeological studies of many public lands, including national parks

The documents are free. NWC provides the space and the staff to process, make available, and answer questions about them.

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