Our Mission

The St. Petersburg Public Library system strives to provide library resources to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual and social needs of our diverse community. In this light, the Government Documents Department is committed to providing free and open access to government information provided through the federal and state depository programs to all members of the public.

The Federal Depository Library Program was established to assist Congress in fulfilling its responsibility to inform the public on the policies and programs of the federal government. The Instructions to Depository Libraries states that "the Government information needs of the general public must influence the collection development of depository libraries." As such, our Government Documents Department is dedicated to serving the needs of our patrons by collecting and organizing government information and providing access, instruction, and assistance in the use of these materials