Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Paul V. Galvin Library has limited access to the building. The physical depository collection is unavailable. In accordance with guidance issued by the Federal Depository Library Program, the building is closed to the general public, and will remain so for at least the months of June and July, 2020. Please note schools are not included.in the City of Chicago Phase III reopening.
In early June, 2020, the Depository Library Council issued a recommendation that "GPO convene a meeting this summer that includes a panel to discuss library reopening planning". The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for Colleges and Universities. These are just some of the resources that library and depository staff and university administration will consider when considering the re-opening of the library building and restoring access to the physical depository collection.
The library and depository staff remain committed to serving the general public with their government information needs via virtual means. Millions of documents are available via govinfo.gov and downloadable government documents are searchable via I-Share, the Illinois statewide library consortium.
Finally, depository staff are available to answer queries by email. Please reach out to us at the contact info on this page.
Engineering and Government Information Librarian
The Paul V. Galvin Library was designated as a depository library by the Public Printer of the United States and the Federal Depository Library Program in 1982. The depository collects just under 50% of the available documents, the vast majority of which are now offered in an electronic format. The depository's emphasis is on science and technology titles.
The staff of the depository are eager to work with faculty to develop resources to assist their students and instruction efforts. For instance, the resources on the Health Physics and Public Administration tabs of this guide were developed in conjuction with faculty from those programs. Faculty interested in creating a specialized resource page should contact Aric Ahrens (info to the right).
Check out our latest digitized federal documents, added November, 2016:
Please consider donating your federal documents to us. Since they are public domain, they can be scanned and posted. They will be available to the whole world in our institutional repository, and discoverable to the IIT and I-Share community through our Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). Use the contact info at right to offer them to the Galvin Library