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Central Ohio Federal Depository Libraries

The central Ohio area comprises Franklin County and adjacent counties. Within this area are nine selective depository libraries and one regional depository library:

The Depository Library Program

The Depository Library Program was established by Congress to allow the public free access to Federal government publications. The Program originated in the early 1800's when a joint resolution of Congress directed that additional copies of the House and Senate Journals and other documents be printed and distributed to institutions outside the Federal establishment. Over the years the Depository Library System has expanded and today there are nearly 1,250 participating libraries.

Selective depository libraries choose publications and services that best meet the Federal government information needs of their local communities. Fifty regional depository libraries receive every unclassified government publication of interest to the public.

State Library of Ohio

274 East First Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

Depository Established (Yr.): Unknown

Telephone Numbers: 644–7051

Library Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Access & Copying Services:

Photocopiers and microfiche/film reader printers available. Paper copies are 10 cents per page for general public. Duplicate microfiche available at no charge. Many materials are in closed stacks. Patrons can browse the collection by using the on-line catalog or request staff assistance in locating materials. Library staff will retrieve requested documents from stacks.

Circulation Policies:

A large percentage of documents are available for a 3-week loan period. Circulating publications are loaned to state employees, OhioLINK members, libraries, and citizens. Non-circulating publications may be used in-house.

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

The collection comprises over one million publications, dating from the 1700's to the present. Information includes Federal legislation, laws, and regulations (United States Code; Code Of Federal Regulations; Federal Register; Congressional bills, hearings, and reports); current and historic census data, topographic maps; and social, economic, and environmental statistics. Many sources are available in electronic format, either CD-ROM or online systems. GPO ACCESS, an online system to Federal legislation, is available and updated on a daily basis. The State Library of Ohio is a member of OhioLINK, a statewide library and information network linking major university and research libraries in Ohio. The library is also a repository for Ohio documents.

Capital University Library

1 College and Main Streets
Columbus, OH 43209

Depository Established (Yr.): 1968

Telephone Numbers: 236-6470, 236-6351

Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30a.m. - midnight
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Access & Copying Services:

Most materials are available in open-access shelves and file cabinets. Coin-operated photocopiers and reader/printer are also available.

Circulation Policies:

Anyone may consult government publications in the building. Only our students, faculty, staff and courtesy-card holders may borrow circulated materials.

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

Census of Population and Housing, Economic Censuses, OTA Reports, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Code, Congressional Record, etc. Electronic access: FBB, NESEDB, NTDB, WAIS Access, Censuses, etc.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215-4781

Depository Established (Yr.): 1885

Telephone Numbers: 614-645-2275 (Genealogy, History & Travel); (Business & Technology)

Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Access & Copying Services:

The Library is accessible to the handicapped. The general documents collection is shelved in the Biography, History & Travel Division. The current collection is in open access shelving and cabinets. The retrospective collection is in an adjacent closed stack area with immediate retrieval available. A significant number of documents are shelved in the Business & Technology and Magazine and Newspaper Divisions. Photocopiers and reader-printers are available for all formats.

Circulation Policies:

All Ohio residents are eligible for CML cards. Some of the federal documents are in the circulating cataloged collection in the appropriate subject division. Most documents, cataloged or uncatalogued, are for reference use in the library. Library patrons are referred to the State Library of Ohio for documents not owned by CML.

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

CML's policy is to provide access to information and to make available a diverse collection in order to promote lifelong learning in the community. Types of documents collected include Federal Laws and regulations (US Code, Code of Federal Regulations); Congressional publications (Congressional Record, hearings and reports); Census materials (Population and business); and business and trade publications (Economic Indicators). Documents on health, the environment, education, science and technology, careers, parks and historic sites, tax information, patent and trademarks and other general topics are selected. Indexes including the Monthly Catalog, and a CD-ROM index (Silver Platter) are also available. The library is also a partial depository for State of Ohio and local documents.

Denison University Libraries

William Howard Doane Library
400 West Loop - Denison University
Granville, OH 43023

Depository Established (Yr.): 1884

Telephone Numbers: (614) 587-6682 Ref. Desk; (614) 587-6512 Docs. Office

Library Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 2 :00 a.m.
Summer & class breaks 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Closed Saturday - Sunday

Access & Copying Services:

Most materials are either in open access shelves or microform cabinets. Some older materials must be requested at the circulation desk and U.S.G.S. maps should be requested at the Reference Desk. Microform reader-printers are available in the documents department and in the microforms area on the second tier. Photocopying machines are located on the main floor and on the 2nd tier in periodicals. Handicapped access is available at the front entrance.

Circulation Policies:

Anyone may consult government publications in-house. Government publications may be borrowed by Denison University students, faculty, staff and registered special borrowers. Denison Borrowing Policies are on-line at

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

Congressional Record and its predecessors, Serial Set, Census publications, Congressional hearings since 1970, U.S.G.S. publications (except water supply papers) represent some of the strong areas in this collection. The library has a shared historical collection with other CONSORT Colleges and access to numerous Federal Depository resources, both current and historical on-line.  The library is a U.S.G.S map depository and maintains a historical collection of U.S.G.S. maps for Ohio. The Documents Department actively collects and preserves Federal World War II posters and recent federal posters.

The Ohio State University Main Library

Thompson Library
1858 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus OH 43210-1286

Depository Established (Yr.): 1907

Telephone Numbers: (614)292-6785

Library hours subject to change, posted on web site.
Library Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Staff Assistance: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Reference assistance is not available on Saturdays.  Circulation staff can assist in searching library catalog.

Access & Copying Services:

Accessible to the handicapped. Most publications are available in open shelves/cabinets, including print and non-print (fiche, film, CD-ROM). Reader/printers and photocopiers are available for all formats, including microprint.  Many older and less frequently requested publications are housed in a remote storage facility.  Patrons with circulation privileges may request these materials via the library catalog.  Circulation staff will recall materials for patrons without circulation privileges.  On-line materials may be accessed via library computers.  Patron authentication is required to use the computers.  Guest passes (for computer authentication) may be obtained at the circulation desk.  Reference staff will perform mediated searches.

Circulation Policies:

The general public may access the collection. Currently enrolled students, faculty, staff and courtesy card holders may borrow government documents.  Some materials do not circulate. Interlibrary loan services are available for Ohio State University students, faculty, and staff.

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

Congressional publications - Bills, Hearings, Reports, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, Congressional Record.
Regulations - Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations.
Census publications - Population, housing, agriculture, manufacturing (print and CD-ROM, and online format)
Supreme Court Decisions.
Federal Agency Publications - Agriculture, Business, Education, Environment, Health, Justice, Labor, Trade, Transportation and more.

The library has a collection of Readex non-depository documents in microprint and Readex UN documents in microprint and fiche. The library is a depository for federal maps, State of Ohio and European Union documents.

Ohio State University College of Law Library

55 West 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Depository Established: 1984

Telephone Numbers: 614-292-6691 (General Information)
614-292-9463 (Reference Desk)

Library Hours: Monday - Friday 7:15 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Access & Copying Services:

All materials, including microforms, are housed in "open stacks" for public access. Self-serve photocopy machines and microform reader-printers are available to the public at a nominal cost per copy.

Circulation Policies:

Our documents collection is primarily a non-circulating legal reference collection. We loan circulating documents to Ohio State University students, faculty and staff, and to OhioLINK member institutions.

Highlight of the Government Documents Collection:

Statutes: U.S. Code, Statutes at Large, Slip laws.
Regulations: Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register.
Reported U.S. Judicial Decisions: Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Courts, Tax Court, Claims Court, Bankruptcy Court, Military Appeals, International Trade.
U.S. Official Agency Publications: Congress, White House, Department of Justice, NLRB, Treasury.
Congress: Congressional Record, Committee Reports and Hearings.
Treaties: U.S. Treaties and Other International Agreements.

Ohio Wesleyan University

L.A. Beeghly Library
43 Rowland Ave.
Delaware, OH 43015

Depository Established (Yr.): 1845

Telephone Numbers: (614) 368-3242 Reference
(614) 368-3225 Circulation

Library Hours Academic Year: Monday - Thursday. 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday 8:00  a. m. - 5:00  p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m - 5:00  p.m
Sunday 11:00 am - 2:00 a.m. 
(Summer hours will vary)

Access & Copying Services:

Most materials are available on open shelves including microfiche. Photocopiers for print and microform are available in Beeghly Library Building. Accessible to handicapped.

Circulation Policies:

Anyone may consult government publications in the library. Most documents circulate to students, faculty, staff, community members and citizens.

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

Wide variety of current materials, strong historical collection of Congressional publications, census data and agency publications, some legal sources such as U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations and U.S. Reports.

Otterbein College Courtright Memorial Library

138 West Main St.
Westerville OH 43081

Depository Established (Yr.): 1967

Telephone Numbers: 614-823-1115, Documents Office 614-823-1984

Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Access & Copying Services:

Total Access for in-house use.
Access through Monthly Catalog; some documents cataloged in OPAC
Copying: 2 Xerox machines/10 cents each page; microfiche printer

Circulation Policies:

Circulation of documents with Otterbein ID or courtesy card. Courtesy cards may be purchased for $20 per year.

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

Congress - all bills and hearings from 98th Congress forward
Education, Health & Human Services, Smithsonian
War of the Rebellion (series I)
Army and Navy (series I)
Congressional Globe/Congressional Record

Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library

65 S. Front Street, 11th floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3431

Depository Established (Yr.): 1973

Telephone Numbers:
Circulation 614-387-9680

Reference   614-387-9682
overnment Documents  614-873-9690
Fax: 614-387-9689

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Access & Copying Services:

Our library uses an open-stack system. All documents materials are placed on open shelves and are directly accessible to all patrons. Photocopying machines and microfiche/film readers and printers are readily available.

Circulation Policies:

The library is open to the general public. Anyone may use the documents collection and all other library materials in the library. The government documents collection is available for a two week loan period.

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

The government documents collection includes federal legislative materials such as congressional bills, hearings, and reports, federal codes and statutes, U.S. Supreme Court and other federal court decisions, federal agency rules and regulations and reports, U.S. treaties and other international agreements, federal government statistics and reports, and selected Department of Justice handbooks, manuals, and reports, etc.

Worthington Public Library

820 High Street
Worthington OH 43085

Depository Established (Yr.): 1985

Telephone Numbers: 614-807-2626

Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday (Sept-May) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Staff assistance at all open hours)

Access & Copying Services:

2 photocopiers - enlarging and reducing capabilities 10 cents black & white, 50 cents color
1 microfiche reader/printer - 10 cents
1 microfiche/microfilm reader/printer 10 cents

All materials shelved and available all open hours, handicapped accessible.

Circulation Policies:

All documents are cataloged on the catalog shared with Columbus Metropolitan Library and Southwest Libraries.  Almost all documents circulate to anyone with a Discovery Place library card available with proof of current address and picture identification (those under 18 need parental signature and proof of parent's address).

Highlights of the Government Documents Collection:

The collection is in transition from a tangible to an electronically-based collection.  Emphasis will be placed on providing access to consumer information, crime and education statistics, census information and current and historical military information.


Compiled by the Documents Department of the State Library of Ohio  Revised 1/16/09