Summary: A State Plan for Federal Depository Program Libraries in Virginia
"Depository libraries shall make Government publications available for the free use of the
general public...." -- 44 US Code §1911.
A. The purpose of the Virginia State Plan is to assist federal depository libraries in
Virginia in meeting the obligations, goals and objectives of the Federal
Depository Library Program. It is a supplement to, not a substitute for, the
Instructions to Depository Libraries, and the Federal Depository Library Manual.
The Virginia State Plan, its amendments, and any actions taken to implement the
Plan must comply with all of the applicable provisions of Title 44, US Code,
Public Printing and Documents, Chapter 19, Depository Library Program. GPO
instructions and required procedures as well as any relevant statutory provisions
always take precedence over the Plan.
B. Federal depository libraries in Virginia strongly support the concept that access
to government information be open to all citizens of the Commonwealth. The
Plan provides guidance to Virginia federal depository libraries for services,
collections, access to materials, and cooperation among libraries. Its primary
goal is to ensure equity of and continuing open access to government information
in all formats throughout the Commonwealth. Individual selective depository
libraries, however, retain the authority to decide which specific printed