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Government Publications

The maps and government information collection includes all kinds and formats of government publications and maps. SU Libraries has been part of the federal depository program since 1878. We currently select 70% of all documents available to depository libraries. Our other government publications include:

  • New York State depository materials since 1951
  • Documents from the Council of Europe, United Nations, Great Britain, Canada
  • Selected items from Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse.

The collection includes over 500,000 paper items, thousands of items in electronic format, over 4,000 CD-ROMS and DVDs, and over 1 million microfiche. Materials are located in the Department, Bird Library main stacks, and the Carnegie Library. Records for most government publications appear in the Classic Catalog.

This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Maps Collection

The map collection includes over 200,000 maps and aerial photographs, 50,000 maps in microform, over 4,500 atlases, Sanborn fire insurance maps (digital, print, and microform), and extensive holdings of guidebooks, geologic maps and USDA Soil Surveys. The Special Collections Department houses some of the older New York State maps and atlases.