Federal Depository Library Program

Public Access to Federal Depository Resources

The Vincent C. Immel Law Library is a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and receives select resources from the Government Printing Office (GPO). Under the terms of the Depository Library Program these government documents are available for use by the public during all the hours the law library is open to the public. Patrons requiring assistance with government documents may request help at the Reference Desk during service hours. Any unaccompanied child under 16 who self-identifies the need to access federal depository resources for research will receive mediated searching assistance from a reference librarian to identify and access the materials. 

Library Access & Hours

The entrance to the Immel Law Library is located on the 6th floor of Scott Hall at 100 N. Tucker Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri. When classes are in session, Scott Hall is open to the public. You must present photo identification to enter the building.  

When classes are in session, the library is open to the public at the following times:

Monday - Thursday 8:30 am-6:30 pm

Friday 8:30 am-5:00 pm 

Circulation & Use

Members of the general public are welcome to freely use the library’s federal government documents. They are also welcome to borrow materials that circulate by contacting their local public or institutional library and requesting an interlibrary loan.   

Our collection is cataloged and records can be found by using the SLU Law Library Catalog.

Location of Materials

Print government documents are located in one of three areas. 

  1. Integrated into the Library's LC classification number collection through the law library,
  2. Shelved separately on the 6th floor in the Superintendent of Documents classification scheme, or
  3. Housed off-site at the Locust Street Library Facility.

U.S. government documents housed at the Locust Street Library Facility are available for use by the general public upon request. Please contact someone at either the Circulation or Reference Desk for assistance. Retrieval of materials requires 1-2 business days. Journal articles should be requested through the guest's home library interlibrary loan service.

Access to Electronic Government Resources

Four public computers located adjacent to the Reference Desk enable patrons to access online government depository resources. Public access is limited to two hours per day.    

Users who require extended access to online depository resources should ask either at the Circulation or Reference Desk for assistance. Please see our Print, Copy & Computer Use Policy for additional guidance.