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The Federal Digital System (FDsys) : Bringing your government to you electronically!

One mission of the Government Printing Office (GPO) is to provide, in partnership with the Federal depository libraries, for perpetual, free, and ready public access to the print and digital publications of the Government. The great news is, Georgia Southern’s Henderson Library is a depository library!

FDsys will allow Federal content creators to easily create and submit content which will then be preserved, authenticated, managed and delivered upon request. FDsys enables GPO to manage government publications from Congress and Federal agencies that are submitted to GPO in digital form, gathered from Federal Government Web sites, and created by scanning previously printed publications. Through FDsys, GPO is utilizing new technologies and methods for acquiring, authenticating, preserving, and providing access to government publications in digital form.


In 1993, Congress passed the U.S. Government Printing Office Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act (Public Law 103-40), which expanded GPO’s mission to provide electronic access to Federal electronic information. In June 1994, GPO launched GPO Access, which provides online access to information from all three branches of the Federal Government. For more than 15 years, GPO Accesshas been America’s source for Government information online, but now GPO is unveiling the next generation of Government information online with GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).

FDsys: America’s Authentic Government Information

FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications. Through FDsys, you are able to

  • Search for documents and publications
    FDsys provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to refine and narrow your search for quick access to the information you need.
  • Browse for documents and publications
    FDsys offers browsing by collection, Congressional committee, and date.
  • Access metadata about documents and publications
    FDsys presents information about Government publications in standard XML formats.
  • Download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats
    With FDsys, download a single file or download content and metadata packaged together in a compressed file.

If you have any questions regarding FDsys, please contact Lori Lester, Government Documents Librarian at 478-5117 or

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