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November 01, 2012


The Federal Depository Library Program recently recognized the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana for its outstanding service and commitment as a regional federal deposit library.

Mansfield Library was presented a plaque and a letter at the 2012 Depository Library Council Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Depository Library Act of 1962, which established the FDLP, a program that offers the public free access to U.S. government publications.

Mansfield Library has made federal government documents available to Montanans since 1909 and received full regional status in 1965. As a regional depository, Mansfield Library coordinates services with other libraries in the state to ensure Montana citizens have access to all federal publications, including books, reports, pamphlets, maps, microfiche and digital material.

Mary Alice Baish, assistant public printer and superintendent of documents for the U.S. Government Printing Office, praised the Mansfield Library for its “leadership and dedication to ensure free public access” to federal government information. Baish also commended the library for contributing to the Government Printing Office’s mission of “keeping America informed.”

For more information call Mansfield Library Dean Shali Zhang at 406-243-6800 or email





Contact: Shali Zhang, UM dean of libraries, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, 406-243-6800,