On March 14th, 2019, we will celebrate 135 years as a federal depository library. A special exhibit on the 2nd floor of Central Library will feature interesting and unique documents covering topics such as Women’s History, the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, the U.S. Department of the Interior and more.
HPL became a federal depository in 1884 while it was still the Houston Lyceum Library. This anniversary marks us as the oldest depository of government documents in the Houston area!
The Houston Lyceum Library was designated a depository library for the First Congressional District of Texas by Congressman Charles Stewart. What was established with the Lyceum has been carried forward through the years and now holds over 850,000 documents from nearly every government agency. The citizens of Houston have benefited greatly over the last 135 years by having free access to information generated by the federal government.
The Government Documents collection is a closed-stack, non-circulating collection. However, many publications published after 2005 are available online through our catalog. Interested? Come check out the special exhibit on 2nd floor on display.
Visit our web site for more information on HPL's U.S. Government Documents collection.