Collection Development Policy: Government Documents

Federal Depository Library Program

RMU Library participates in the Federa
l Depository Library Program as a “Mostly Online Federal Depository Library," developing and maintaining its electronic collections in accordance with the regulations put forth in the following publications or their successor documents:

Responsibility for Collection Management

The Federal Depository Collection is developed and maintained by the librarian responsible for the management of the Government Documents Collection, in compliance with the RMU Library's Collection Development Policy, in consultation with other RMU Librarians, and under the supervision of the Library Director.  

Mandatory Elements   

In fulfillment of its statutory obligation, the RMU Library provides access to the FDLP Basic Collection:

Discretionary Elements

The remainder of the Government Documents Collection is developed according to the following priorities:

  • Materials that support RMU curricula or research
  • Materials of a demographic, economic, historic or cultural nature that focus on the city of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Any other publications or documents that may be of use or interest to members of the RMU community

 Access to the Government Documents Collection

RMU Library provides free access and reference assistance to its Government Documents materials.