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 A. Introduction

The Metropolitan Library System was designated as a part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in 1974. The FDLP is part of the Government Printing Office, which has produced Federal government information products for almost 150 years. More and more items are online only, so not all of these are print sources.

MLS is also a depository member of the Oklahoma Publications Clearinghouse (OPC), which is a unit of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Many publications of the State of Oklahoma Agencies are now online only and can often be found on their websites from the Agency Directory


 B. Subject Headings and Shelf Numbers

  • Law
  • Law—Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma—Politics & Government
  • Legislative journals—Oklahoma
  • Statutes
  • Browse Call Numbers 328 through 348
  • Other items of government information not related to law are found under various shelf numbers according to topics.  Please ask a librarian for assistance.

 C. Frequently Mentioned Texts

  • Public Laws—entered in our catalog as a magazine but located after the next item listed. [online]  Use Advanced Search to specify the Public and Private Laws Collection
  • United States Statutes at Large, R348.7322/UN5u, also [online]
  • United States Code, 2012, R348.73023/UN5u/2012 (with annual Supplements), [online]
  • Federal Register—entered in our catalog as a magazine but located after the next item listed, [online]
  • Code of Federal Regulations, R342.73/C669c, [online]
  • Oklahoma Statutes, 2011, R348.766022/OK41o/2011 (with annual Supplements), [online]
  • Oklahoma Administrative Code, R342.76606/OK414o/2011 (with annual Supplements), [online]
  • House Journal, beginning with the 1996 Session,R328.766/OK41j (Oklahoma legislative records)
  • Senate Journal, beginning with the 1996 Session, R328.766/OK411s (Oklahoma legislative records)

 D. General References, e.g. Guides, Encyclopedia, or Dictionaries

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States: The National Data Book, R317.3/ST797s, [Online]
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States, R317.3/P9659p; same information as the above title but no longer a government publication
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, R331.702/OC15o, [Online]
  • Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, R342.73023/UN5co/2002 (with biennial Supplements)
  • United States Government Manual, R353/UN5u, [Online]
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, R353.008/UN5c, [Online]
  • Public Papers of the Presidents [Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama]; R353.03/UN58p
  • Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, R976.6003/EN5636e [Online]
  • Oklahoma Executive Budget, R353.9766/OK41eh, [Online] 
  • Oklahoma Directory of Manufacturers and Processors, R338.4767/OK41o
  • Oklahoma Geological Survey (various titles—do an Advanced Search, Series Index, with search words “Oklahoma Geological Survey”), R522 through R557
  • ABC: Oklahoma State Agencies, Boards, and Commissions, R353.9766/OK42osa, [Online]
  • Handbook of North American Indians, R970.00497/H236h

The following are some of the many titles that can be checked out:

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U.S. Army in World War II (various titles—do an Advanced Search, Series Index, with search words “United States Army in World War II”), 940.542/H319c (and many others)
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The Oklahoma Aviation Story, 629.1309/OK414o

Out of the Dust: The History of Conservation in Oklahoma in the 20th Century, 333.720976/P559O

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Bats of Oklahoma Field Guide, 599.409766/B334b

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Housing for People with Disabilities in Oklahoma: A Resource Guide, 363.59/H8426h/2012

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Lakes of Oklahoma, 333.9163/L1927l

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Oklahoma Route 66: The Ultimate Road Trip, 917.66/OK414or


 E. Magazines or Newspapers

  • Occupational Outlook Quarterly [online]
  • Recruiter Journal [online]
  • Many government magazines are now online-only publications.  Enter the title with the word gov in a search engine or ask a librarian for assistance.

 F. Internet Resources


 G. Other Media

  • Topographic Maps produced by the U.S. Geological Survey.  The Downtown Library has many maps of the state of Oklahoma and of our contiguous states; we also have some maps of other states.  The maps do not appear in our catalog but may be viewed on our second floor and checked out as other materials are.  [online]
S. Bish
Updated August 2014