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Federal Depository Library Program

Guide explaining what the FDLP is and what services and materials are offered through GIMMS in relation to the FDLP.

Introduction to the Federal Depository Library Program

Introduction to the FDLP

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to provide free, ready, and enduring public access to Federal Government information. The FDLP distributes Government information at no cost to designated depository libraries across the country. These depository libraries, in turn, provide free and local access to Government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance.

There are 32 FDLP libraries in the state of Indiana. The Herman B Wells Library is one of two FDLP libraries in Bloomington, the other being the Jerome Hall Library in the Maurer School of Law. At the Wells Library, FDLP documents are managed by the Government Information, Maps, and Microform Services (GIMMS) department.


Timeline showing important historical dates and events for the Federal Depository Library Program

Federal Departments and Agencies

Federal Depository Libraries house documents from a wide variety of departments and agencies throughout all three branches of the Federal Government, as well as documents originating from state and local governments. Example federal organizations include:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • National Archives and Records
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Civil Rights Commission
  • Department of Education
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fine Arts Commission
  • Federal Trade Comission
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of the Interior
  • Justice Deparment
  • Library of Congress
  • National Science Foundation
  • United States Postal Service
  • Peace Corps
  • Executive Office of the President
  • State Department
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Social Security Administration
  • Congress

Services and Materials

Welcome to GIMMS

Government Information, Maps & Microform Services (GIMMS) is located on the second floor of Herman B Wells Library on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Included in GIMMS are local, state, and federal government documents and data resources — both digital and in print. We also house the largest map collection in Indiana, as well as a variety of materials printed in microform. 

GIMMS offers a variety of services, including:

  • GIS Services
  • Microform services
  • One-on-one or group research consultations
  • Course instruction sessions
  • Class visists
  • Custom workshops and presentations


Map Resources

Most of the maps of Indiana are discoverable in IUCAT. See How to Search for Maps for more tips of finding relevant materials.  This list also includes digitized maps available online, as well as online databases of spatial data.

Microform Services

Many of our materials are available on microform, sometimes only so.  Do not be afraid!  GIMMS equipment views and scans microfilm, microfiche, and microopaques. Images can be scanned in PDF, TIFF, JPEG, PNG and BMP formats and saved to CD, flash drive, or any Internet file storage service. Scans can also be printed like any other document.



Contact Us!

GIMMS is located on the second floor of the Herman B. Wells Library, in the East Tower. Our hours follow the Wells Library hours. If you have further questions or would like to request our services, feel free to stop by our desk, give us a call at (812) 855-6924, or email us at

Further Reference

FDLP Academy

The FDLP Academy is a collaboration between the Government Publishing Office, Federal depository libraries, and other Federal agencies. The goal of the FDLP Academy is to advance Government information literacy and to assist Federal depository libraries in better serving their communities. The FDLP Academy offers events, conferences, and a variety of useful webinars and webcasts on numerous Government information topics. The program is a great resource for learning more about how to find and access Government information. Click the banner below to access FDLP Academy training webinars!

Electronic resources available through IU Libraries

Open U.S. Government Data

Local Resources

STATS Indiana: Provides statewide data, derived from census data, population data, county profiles, and economic reports.

Monroe County Public Library Catalog: View the collection of the Monroe County Public Library.  Of special interest is the Indiana Room.

IUCAT Search

IUCAT is the IUB Libraries catalog. Find books, journals, music, and more!

Ways to access IUCAT:  


​Ask a Librarian! 


In Person: Wells Library, Scholars' Commons Reference Desk (East Tower)