Hofstra University received its designation as a federal depository library in 1964 from Congressman John W. Wydler. In the 50 years of our existence we have built a very fine collection of materials, both current and archival. In 1989, upon its 25th anniversary, the depository was named for Congressman Wydler whose congressional papers were donated to the University. In 2012, the depository library transitioned to a primarily online collection, providing access to electronic government information.
The John W. Wydler Federal Depository provides access to federal government information in areas such as the following: congressional committee hearings, bills, reports, Public Laws, the Congressional Record and its predecessor titles, Serial Set documents and reports, and publications from most federal agencies and departments. The print collection includes the Foreign Relations of the United States, the Smithsonian Ethnology series as well as various historical titles. Specialized finding aids include the Catalog of Government Publications, Congressional Publications and FDYsys.gov. Privately published resources that support the depository collection are also acquired. In September, 1998, the University also became a New York State Depository Library. Access to the state collection if provided through our online catalog.
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