The January 2018 Federal Government Shutdown and the Federal Depository Library Program

January 22nd 2018

As a result of the federal government shutdown which began January 19th, the Government Publishing Office is temporarily only able to work on activities directly related to the legislative process, ensuring an orderly shutdown, and/or the protection of property and assets.  In light of this, the Federal Depository Library here at IUB will not be receiving any new tangible materials until shortly after the shutdown ends. "AskGPO," the Government Publishing Office's contact form is accessible but will not be responded to in the meantime.  Additionally,,, and Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government, along with other federal agencies, will not see any updates nor answer any research or publication requests until after the end of the shutdown.

The Government Information, Maps and Microform Services department (GIMMS) in Wells Library continues to serve all users requesting U.S. government information.  The Federal Depository Library Program has a long tradition of making government information accessible.


  • ScanningFlatbed scanners Scanning
  • Nursing Mothers/Lactation RoomAsk at GIMMS Service Desk for door key and location. Refrigerator and Medela Lactina Select Pump available. Nursing Mothers/Lactation Room
  • PrintingBlack and white printing only Printing
  • Computer WorkstationsComputers available to IU affiliates and all U.S. citizens according to Federal Depository regulations. Computer Workstations
  • TechnologyMicroformat viewers and scanners. Assistance is always available. Technology
  • Quiet Study SpaceGIMMS is a low-talking area. No groups, please. Quiet Study Space

Contact Info

Wells Library 250B
1320 East Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Emily Alford
Emily Alford - Head of Government Information, Maps and Microform Services, Assistant Librarian
(812) 855-8155

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