The Cooper Union Library is a selective United States Government Depository Library. From the vast amount of government-published material available, the Library has elected to receive mostly technical reports from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

These materials are fully cataloged and integrated with the rest of the Library's collections.

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  United States Government Documents at Cooper Union
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  Cooper Union Library has been a selective U.S. Government Documents Depository since 1930. As such, the Library receives selected series of publications free from the United States government and makes them freely available to the public. Cooper Union is one of nine Depository Libraries serving the Eighth U.S. Congressional District of New York. Cooper Union's depository collection is maintained in accordance with the requirements set forth in Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code, and in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Library Program Services division of the U.S. Government Printing Office.
  The Cooper Library selects a "core" group of printed publications of general interest, and provides electronic access to many more publications of interest to the surrounding community, but the majority of printed government publications are selected in areas related to Cooper Union's curricula in Engineering, Architecture, and Fine Arts. The Library maintains strong collections of EPA reports, NASA Technical Memoranda, and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) publications. Depository users may also use Cooper Union's supporting indexes in these disciplines to identify relevant government-published technical information.
  As a selective depository, Cooper Union receives only about 7% of the items made available through the Federal Depository Program. Referrals for other materials will be made to nearby depository libraries with larger collections.
  Government Documents are fully cataloged in the LC classification, and are available on open shelves in the Library, interfiled with the Cooper Union Library's purchased materials. The Government Documents collection is maintained with the same care that the Library devotes to its other materials. Government publications are reviewed for laminating, repair, or rebinding along with the rest of the Library's collections. All materials in the Library are protected with security devices to prevent unauthorized removal.
  The depository collection and supporting materials and indexes are available during normal Library hours. Appointments are recommended for users not affiliated with Cooper Union or other institutions without a consortial arrangement, as the Library staff is small. Please contact the Depository Librarian for an appointment.
  Because Cooper Union selects a relatively small proportion of the materials made available by the federal government, it is a good idea to check in advance to see if we have the material you need. This can be done by telephoning the Depository Librarian at 212-353-4187, or by searching the catalog, which also shows the holdings of other libraries in our consortium:
  Electronic Resources:
  Computers are available for the use of information provided in electronic format by the U.S. government. The Library's computers meet or exceed the minimum technical requirements established for depository libraries. There is no filtering software on the Library computers, nor are there time limits for use. Although rarely invoked, the Library does reserve the right to ask a user to cease using a computer if others are waiting and it is determined that the user is not doing library or public documents research.
  Some resources on CD or DVD may require extensive setup and/or installation on a computer prior to use. If you know that your research will involve the use of a publication on CD or DVD, please contact the Depository Librarian to make an appointment for a time when technical support is available.
  Printing costs are ten cents per printed page.
  Users must bring their own storage media (such as a USB drive or blank CD/DVD) for downloading information from the Internet or from Depository CDs and DVDs. Storage media may be purchased in local neighborhood stores.
  Most Government Documents, including publications on CD or DVD, may circulate directly to Cooper and Consortium patrons, and via InterLibrary loan to users associated with other institutions, including public libraries. Documents on microfiche circulate only via InterLibrary Loan. A microfiche scanner is available in the Library. There is no charge for downloading or emailing; printing cost is ten cents per page.
  Depository Librarian: Carol Salomon
  e:mail:          Tel: 212-353-4187    
  Library Reference Desk: 212-353-4186
  The Cooper Union Library is on the ground floor of Cooper Union's historic Foundation Building on Cooper Square.
  Address: 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 (between 3rd and 4th Avenues).
  Other Depository Libraries:
  Because the Cooper Union Library selects a relatively small percentage of the available publishing output of government agencies, referrals are often made from Cooper Union to depository libraries with larger collections. Local depository libraries with more extensive collections include:
  • New York University's Government Documents Collection
    6th Floor Social Sciences Reference area, Bobst Library
    70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.
    Documents Librarian: Alicia Estes.
    Telephone: 212-998-2605.
    NYU's Guide to U.S. Government Documents:

  • New York Public Library
    Extensive holdings of U.S., New York State and New York City documents.
    Documents Librarian: Erminio D'Onofrio.
    Telephone: 212-592-7044.

    Most Depository holdings are now at the
    Science Industry & Business Library (SIBL)

    188 Madison Avenue at 34th St.

    NYPL/SIBL is also a Depository for U.S. Patents, and maintains large holdings of international patents and patent reference materials. Maps and some older depository holdings pertaining to American history remain at the main NYPL Research Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.
    Government Information: Overview of Core Resources at NYPL: http://

  • Columbia University
    Government Documents Service Center is in the
    Lehman Social Sciences Library
    420 W. 118th Street.
    Documents Librarian: Jerry Breeze
    Tel: 212-854-5002.

    Columbia's Monell Engineering Library maintains the largest collection of NTIS (National Technical Information Service) publications in the Northeast.
    Engineering Library Telephone: 212-854-3206.
    Columbia's U.S. Government Documents website:
  Additional depository libraries may be located via the U.S. Government Printing Office website:
  last updated: June 28, 2012