Government Documents

Government DocumentsThe publication of federal and state documents has changed radically with the expansion of digital online platforms and the gradual retrospective conversion of older publications from various material formats to digital formats posted online. The Library is currently assessing and weeding its paper, microform, and digital disk collections of federal and state documents as part of a larger project to integrate and enhance access to government information for academic and scholarly use.

Queens has been a selective federal depository library since 1939 and selects about a third of the items available through this program. Records for most materials received since 1985 can be found in the CUNY Catalog. Consult the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (Ref. Abstract Index Area, 3rd floor) to identify material not included in the CUNY Catalog.

Queens has also been a depository for New York State publications since the 1950s and a full microfiche depository since 1989. Microfiche production was phased out and the library now receives only a small quantity of reference and other titles in paper. Most New York State documents are available in electronic form and can be located through the New York State Library Catalog or the New York State Government Information Locator Service.

So that the Library can assist you in finding the Depository items you need, please call the Borrowing desk ahead of time at (718) 997-3702 to schedule an appointment.

Locations of U.S. Government Documents in Rosenthal Library

Documents Collection—Level 1 (Temporary)
Paper documents arranged by Superintendent of Documents call number (CUNY Catalog location: Queens Documents).
Microfiche Documents—Level 1
Microfiche documents arranged by Superintendent of Documents call number (CUNY Catalog location: Documents Microfiche).
CD-ROM, Media Center—Level 1
CD-ROM documents arranged by Superintendent of Documents call number (CUNY Catalog location: Media Ctr. Documents).
Periodicals—Level 1
Periodicals shelved with main periodicals collection by Library of Congress call number (CUNY Catalog location: Queens Periodicals Stacks or Queens Microform-Microfiche Periodicals). Microfilm periodicals filed with other microfilm periodicals arranged by title (CUNY Catalog location: Media Center Microfilm Periodicals).
Reference Collection—Level 3
Books shelved with main reference collection arranged by Library of Congress call number (CUNY Catalog Reference or Desk Reference).

For assistance in locating government documents in the Library, ask at the Information Desk on Level 3.

For assistance in selecting or using Governments Documents, contact our Library’s Research Services.

For more information, please contact:

A. B. Chitty on Email
Higher Education Associate , Queens College Libraries
Mr. Chitty came to the Library in 1984 as Assistant Professor and Library Systems Planner. Once Rosenthal Library opened in late 1988, he converted to an administrative line and assumed duties as Library Systems Officer, a position then almost unique in the City University. Over the years he also served as Acting Acquisitions Librarian and Acting Head of Technical Services; taught “Introduction to Computers for Librarians” in the Graduate School of Library & Information Science; chaired the library’s Committee on Assessment & Performance Measures; and served as Adjunct Acting Assistant to the Acting Chief Librarian for Temporary Services. He now serves as Assistant to the Chief Librarian for Special Projects, currently assessing the college’s Federal Depository Library Program.

He is active in the teachers union around issues of health & safety and contract enforcement. He helped organize the Queens College Unions Joint Committee on Quality of Work Life, which has met monthly for more than a decade, and is the only cross-union committee in the City University. With his wife Priscilla Murolo, he co-authored From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short Illustrated History of Labor in the United States, now in its second edition (The New Press, 2018). He has been active in the antiwar veterans movement since he was discharged from the Navy in 1969, first in Vietnam Veterans Against the War and now in Veterans For Peace, and in the broader movement for peace and social justice.

Along the way, he earned a B.A, in Mediaeval Studies & English Literature (Swarthmore College, 1972), a B.A. and M.A. in English Language (Oxford University, 1974, 1980), and a MSLS (University of North Carolina, 1978).

He is married and has two stepsons and two grandchildren.