About Us

The Samford University Library has been a selective depository for United States government documents since 1884. In exchange for receiving these documents free of charge, we agree to provide free public access to these publications, regardless of format.

We receive approximately 30% of all publications available through the Federal Depository Library Program, basing our selections on the needs of the Samford community as well as the residents of the 6th Congressional District of Alabama. We also take into consideration the collections of the Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham Southern College, and Jefferson State Community College, three other Birmingham area depositories.

Our collection makes available thousands of publications issued by all branches of the U.S. Government on a multitude of topics. Publications vary widely in terms of format and intended audience. Government publications received since 1976 are included in the online catalog. We consider the strongest areas of our collection to be:

  • Congressional publications
  • Census Bureau
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health and Human Services

For more information, please visit the About Us page on our homepage.