In 1873, the United States Senate designated the Library to be a selective depository of United States government information, making it one of the earliest Federal Depository Libraries in the state of Tennessee. Jessie Ball duPont Library serves as the Federal Depository Library for the 4th Congressional District of Tennessee.
Currently, approximately 35% of the items offered through the Federal Depository Library Program are selected. Areas of emphasis in the collection include agriculture, forestry, census data, geology, the environment, foreign affairs, and congressional information and publications. Because of the early designation as a depository, the government information collection houses many historical documents.
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The physical collection is located in compact shelving on the ground floor of the library, and in microfiche format, located in the microforms area of the library. Much of the information is also disseminated in electronic format and can be found in the library catalog.
The collection is arranged using the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) Classification System. See the Explanation of the SuDoc Classification System for more information.
The collection is open to the public.