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Collections on specific subjects, in distinct formats, and that may require staff-mediated access.

Government Documents

GPO LogoSherrod Library has been a federal document depository for the First Congressional District of Tennessee since 1942, although many items in our collection were published prior to that date. We are currently one of 22 depository libraries in the state of Tennessee, selecting over 50% of the items distributed by the United States Government Printing Office. Our documents collection is one of the seven largest in Tennessee, and we serve as a shared regional depository, with the University of Memphis Library as the primary depository for the state.

Collection strengths are in areas relating to the environment, the Appalachian region, education, health, justice, business, and veterans' affairs.

You can find government publications in all formats--print, microform, CD-ROM, and online--in OneSearch. Other useful websites for finding government information include:

FDsys--GPO's Official Website
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
THOMAS--The Library of Congress Legislative Information Site
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation

Sherrod Library has been a depository for Tennessee state documents since 1978. Search OneSearch to find Tennessee documents in the library collections. 


Visit the the Tennessee government website at for current state information.

Need help with government documents?

Phone: (423) 439-5674

Documents, Law, and Maps (3rd floor)