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Browse Federal Documents by Call Number: Home

About This Guide

This guide was designed to approximate the experience of browsing the library shelves to see which documents are available in the UCSD Library's collection of print and online federal government documents. On a larger scale, these pages present a history of SuDocs call numbers assigned to federal agencies over the years.

Documents at UCSD Library

  • Important Note: the UCSD Library recently migrated to a new catalog system. Because the catalog links on this guide were no longer valid, they have been removed. You can find holdings in the new catalog by going to the browse search, changing the drop-down menu to "SUDOC call numbers", and entering call numbers from this guide (or other sources).

Documents Not Available at UCSD Library

  • the UCSD Library does not have a comprehensive collection of documents; we may, however, be able to help you obtain relevant documents from other sources
  • many federal government publications, especially older volumes, have been digitized and may be found in the HathiTrust digital library and other sources.

Important Notes

  • The call number listed is the beginning number for each agency, and all numbers following - until the next number on the master list - belong to that agency (e.g., all numbers between A 17.1 and A 18.1 belong to the National Agricultural Library).
  • Agencies may have been re-named or moved into a different parent department over the years, which may in turn lead to a change in call number assignment. When available, active years for each agency are provided to help identify name changes or instances of expired or re-organized agencies. The Alphabetical Agency List sorts all agencies on this guide by name rather than call number, which can also be helpful in tracking changes. For a more comprehensive detailing of agency changes over time, see the Guide to U.S. Government Publications (print volumes) available in Geisel Library.

Sources: This list incorporates information from the UC San Diego Library catalog, the Government Publishing Office's List of Classes, and the Guide to U.S. Government Publications. With special thanks to Chris Brown at the University of Denver, whose similar guide inspired this one.

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