According to US law, all non-secret documents are required to be deposited with the Government Printing Office (GPO) for dissemination to the public through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Coates Library joined the FDLP in 1964.
Government documents are arranged by a separate call number system - "Sudocs" (short for Superintendent of Documents) system. Items are arranged by issuing agency rather than by subject. A call number for a government document (or "Sudoc" number) will look something like this:
Trinity's government documents collection can be searched through the library catalog.
Visiting researchers as well as the general public are welcome to use library collections, including government documents and resources.
In order to use the computers, including access to subscription databases that include government information (such as ProQuest Congressional) just check in at the front circulation desk on the main (3rd) floor when you arrive in order to get a username and password.
If you would like help from the government documents librarian, contact Anne Jumonville, 210-999-8168 or email ajumonvi (at) trinity (dot) edu.