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The Basic Collection

Every Federal depository library is required to have the titles in the "basic collection" accessible for immediate use.
These titles are vital sources of information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of the Federal Government. This list is subject to change.
Consult the guidance article on Depository Collection and Development for more information and ways to provide access to these titles within your depository library.
Oakton College Library selects all basic collection titles in at least one format (EL, CD, Paper, or Microfiche, etc.). The most updated list of "basic collection" can be found at FDLP Basic Collection.

Last updated: October 08, 2015

Resource Description SuDoc Number Item Number Availability
American FactFinder American FactFinder is a source for population, economic, housing, and geographic information and data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island areas.
C 3.300: 0154-B-16 (EL) online only
 Ben's Guide to U.S. Government  Ben's Guide is a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government, which issues the publications and information products disseminated by the GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program.
GP 3.39: 0556-C-15 (EL) online only
Budget of the United States Government The Budget contains the budget message of the President, information about the President's budget proposals for a given fiscal year, and other budgetary publications issued throughout the fiscal year. PREX 2.8: 0853 online and print​
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance The CFDA lists all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.
PREX 2.20: 0853-A-01 (EL) online only
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. Users can search by authoring agency, title, subject, and general key word, or use Advanced Search for more options.
GP 3.8/8-9: 0557-F (EL) online only
Code of Federal Regulations This is the annual edition of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
AE 2.106/3: 0572-B-01 (EL)
0572-B (P)
0572-C (MF)
online, print, and microfiche
Congressional Directory The official directory of the United States Congress that includes members of the Senate and House, committee members, room and telephone numbers, and officials of the courts.
Y 4.P 93/1: 0992-A-01 (EL)
0992 (P)
online and print
Congressional Record (daily) The Congressional Record is the daily official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.
X 1.1/A: 0994-D (EL)
0994-B (P)
0994-C (MF)
online, print, and microfiche
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation Also known as the Constitution Annotated, it is the legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution based primarily on Supreme Court cases.
Y 1.1/3: 1004-E-02 (EL)
1004-E-01 (P)
online and print
Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents The daily and weekly compilations of the Presidential documents are the official publication of material released by the White House Press Secretary.
AE 2.109: 0577-A (EL) online only
Economic Indicators Published monthly by the Council of Economic Advisors for the Joint Economic Committee, Economic Indicators provide economic information on GDP, income, employment, production, business activity, prices, money, credit, security markets, and more.
Y 4.EC 7:EC 7/ 0997-A (EL)
0997 (P)
online and print
Economic Report of the President An annual report which gives an overview of the nation’s economic progress using text and extensive data appendices.
PR 44.9: 0848-F-03 (EL)
0848-F-02 (P)
online and print
FDsys An online database that gives free access to official publications from all three branches of the United States Government.
GP 3.43: 0556-C (EL) online only
Federal Register (daily) The daily publication of the rules, proposed rules, and notices of the Federal agencies and organizations along with executive orders.
AE 2.106: 0573-F (EL)
0573-C (P)
0573-D (MF)
online, print, and microfiche
Occupational Outlook Handbook The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a resource for occupational and career information, providing profiles on a majority of jobs in the United States. Profiles describe the work environment, education and training needed, ten year outlook, and median pay for workers.
L 2.3/4: 0768-D-02 (EL) online only
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States The official publication of the President’s addresses, writings, and remarks.
AE 2.114: 0574-A-02 (EL)
0574-A (P)
online and print
Social Security Handbook The resource for all Social Security questions.
SSA 1.8/3: 0516-C-03 (EL) online only
United States Code The permanent and general laws of the United States are divided by broad subjects into fifty-one titles.
Y 1.2/5: 0991-A-01 (EL)
0991-A (P)
online and print
United States Government Manual This is the official handbook provided by the federal government on the agencies of the three branches of government.
AE 2.108/2: 0577-A-01 (EL) online only
United States Reports Contains the Supreme Court’s opinions.
JU 6.8: 0741-A (EL)
0741 (P)
online and print
United States Statutes at Large The United States Statutes at Large containing the permanent laws – public and private – that were enacted during each session of Congress.
AE 2.111: 0576-A (EL)
0576 (P)
online and print