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Access to Print Materials During Covid-19 Response

J. Murrey Atkins Library will be open to students, faculty and staff only beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.  We will not be able to provide access to physical items in our Federal depository library collection to the general public.  Access to online government publications is available through our library search system.

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We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will provide full access again as soon as possible.

Local, State, and Federal Documents

  • Rich sources of information on a variety of topics. 
  • Some documents are in print and others are online. 
  • Find documents by searching the library search system by topic or government agency. 
  • Documents are shelved on the third floor.
  • Most maps are not in the catalog -- they can be browsed on the eighth floor.
United States Federal Documents 
  • Subjects covered include law, current and past legislation, education, crime, countries, human rights, history, health care and more.
  • Contain statistics including census data, demographic data, and economic data. 
  • We were established as a federal depository library in 1964 to serve the University and the citizens of North Carolina’s 12th congressional district.
  • The library owns many government documents printed before 1964, including some back to the 1800s.
  • We currently receive approximately 40% of materials published by the federal government.
  • Not all federal documents are listed in the library catalog.
  • Federal Documents Research Guide.
North Carolina Documents
  • Contain information on topics including education, health care, law and legislation, crime, agriculture, transportation and history.
  • We have been a full depository for state publications since the program began in October 1989.
  • North Carolina Documents Research Guide.
Charlotte/Mecklenburg Documents 
  • Contain information about local history, neighborhoods, budgets, city planning, education, city council and county commission, and other topics.
  • We have collected local documents and publications since 1984. 
  • Included are documents from surrounding counties.
  • Local Documents Research Guide.
Government Maps
  • Our collection emphasizes North Carolina and the South, with political and road maps for every state.  We also have World maps and geologic maps.
  • Most maps are received through the U.S. depository from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Central Intelligence Agency.  A few maps such as city street maps and state road maps are purchased from independent map vendors.
  • The map collection is on the eighth floor, arranged geographically and by type of map.
  • Maps of the Charlotte area before 1960 are available on the 10th floor in Special Collections.
  • Maps Research Guide.


Government Documents