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Ellender Library

Government Information

Depository Library


This library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents.

Public access to the Government documents is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 U.S.C.).


Search Government Documents at Ellender Library

Department Information

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

*Access to Government Information is available after department hours. Please see 2nd floor circulation staff for assistance.

Ellender Memorial Library has been a selective depository for Louisiana state government publications since 1960 and a selective depository for the United States Federal Depository Library Program since 1962. The library serves the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana and provides free access to the public.The library has an extensive collection in a wide variety of formats including paper, microform, maps, CDs, kits, and online documents. Government Information covers a broad range of topics such as Agriculture, Business, Education, Health, Science, & Statistics.

Center of Excellence

Nicholls State Government Information participates in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Center of Excellence program. Participants in this program agree to provide a comprehensive collection of publications from a particular federal government agency. Our Center of Excellence is a collection of publications from the National Marine Fisheries Service. This collection is of interest to students and researchers in the field of Marine Biology and to the residents of southern Louisiana. If you have questions about this collection, please contact me at or at 985-448-4670.


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Why Use Government Information?

Why Use Government Information?

  • Reliability – Government Information can be the product of research at the highest level and it is often the most current information available on an issue.
  • Primary Sources – Much government information – such as hearings and court cases – is considered primary source material.
  • Authenticity – Many electronic government publications come with authentication seals.
  • Comprehensiveness – With a few exceptions, research in almost any subject area is incomplete without consulting government sources.
  • Responsibility – As citizens of a democracy, it’s our duty to be informed about governmental actions.
  • Economy – Almost all government information is freely available to all users, not just Nicholls students. You have already paid for government information through your tax dollars so make use of it!