Dayton Memorial Library celebrates 100 years as Federal Depository Library

September 11, 2015

DENVER –Regis University students, staff and faculty know the Dayton Memorial Library as a research and study destination, yet few are likely aware of its additional commitment to housing important government documents as a Federal Depository Library.

As one of 20 Federal Depository libraries in Colorado, Dayton Memorial has received government documents from the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) since 1915. It was the sixth such library in Colorado to receive this distinction. In exchange for receiving these valuable documents, the library provides access to the collection to the public free of charge.

“The selection of Regis University as a Federal Depository of government information is an honor and a responsibility,” said Janet Lee, dean of the library. “We join a team of library professionals across Colorado and across the United States, who serve our students and citizens by providing free access to government information, keeping America informed.”

Lee will join Regis University President Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., GPO representatives and local government officials to mark the 100th anniversary at 4 p.m. September 17 in the library’s Fireplace Lounge.

To commemorate a century of providing access to important government information, the library will feature select items from the year Regis was selected to participate in the program as well as showcase images of the Northwest Denver campus in 1915 and memorabilia from President Woodrow Wilson’s presidential election campaign.

Regis University selects approximately 29 percent of all published government documents, with emphasis on materials published by the departments of Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor. Regis University also selectively collects Colorado state government documents. The Annals of Congress 1795 is the
oldest item in the collection, just one of many items of interest from topics ranging from U.S. Army records from World War II to handbooks from the National Park Service.

The depository covers a wide range of topics, including federal departments and agencies, museums, published reports from federal offices, texts of hearings or proceedings, statistics, periodicals, handbooks and bibliographies. Selection is made on the basis of support of the curriculum and research needs and with some regard for the needs of special borrowers whom the library serves in Colorado's 1st Congressional District.

Most of the physical government documents can be found on the first floor of the library. A growing number of documents are only available electronically. Bibliographic information can be found through Lumen, the library catalog. Choose "Government Documents" in the drop-down menu to the right of the search box to limit your search to just government information.

Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Based in Denver, Regis provides a values-based liberal arts education offering professional certifications and degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.