Depository Library Act of 1962

Depository Library Act of 1962 is a federal statute revising the depository library laws passed in the United States from 1895 to 1939. The Act of Congress mandated the availability of U.S. government publications through the Superintendent of Documents for public information. The statute established requirements for two depository libraries as allocated by U.S. Congressional representatives per their respective congressional districts. The U.S. federal law provided provisions appointing land-grant colleges and the United States service academies as depository libraries for U.S. government publications. The 87th U.S. Congressional legislation authorized regional depository libraries allocating two depository libraries per U.S. state as defined by a United States Senator. The Act repealed Public Law 76-281 designating the United States Coast Guard Academy library as a depository of U.S. government publications while redelegating the New London, Connecticut office of the Superintendent of Documents.

Depository Library Act of 1962
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn Act to revise the laws relating to depository libraries.
Acronyms (colloquial)DLA
Enacted bythe 87th United States Congress
EffectiveAugust 9, 1962
Public law87-579
Statutes at Large76 Stat. 352
Titles amended44 U.S.C.: Public Printing and Documents
U.S.C. sections created44 U.S.C. ch. 19 § 1901 et seq.
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 8141 by Wayne Hays (DOH) on July 17, 1962
  • Committee consideration by House Administration, Senate Rules and Administration
  • Passed the House on August 22, 1961 (passed)
  • Passed the Senate on June 15, 1962 (passed) with amendment
  • House agreed to Senate amendment on July 18, 1962 (agreed) with further amendment
  • Senate agreed to House amendment on July 25, 1962 (agreed)
  • Signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on August 9, 1962

Revised Depository Library LawsEdit

Chronological timeline of depository library laws revised by the Depository Library Act of 1962.

Date of Enactment Public Law Number U.S. Statute Citation U.S. Presidential Administration
January 12, 1895 P.L. 53-23 28 Stat. 601 Grover Cleveland
March 1, 1907 P.L. 59-153 34 Stat. 1012 Theodore Roosevelt
June 20, 1936 P.L. 74-724 49 Stat. 1545 Franklin D. Roosevelt
June 25, 1938 P.L. 75-750 52 Stat. 1206 Franklin D. Roosevelt
August 5, 1939 P.L. 76-281 53 Stat. 1209 Franklin D. Roosevelt

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • "Legislative Summary: Education - Depository Libraries". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
  • Schwarzkopf, LeRoy C. (1972). Regional libraries and the Depository Library Act of 1962. University of Maryland. p. 108. OCLC 7699631.
  • Gecas, Judith Gaskell (1975). The Depository Library Act of 1962: A Legislative History and Survey of Implementation. University of Chicago. p. 116. OCLC 556974232.
  • "Applicability of Depository Library Act to National Technical Information Service Publications" (PDF). [U.S. GAO:Office of Public Affairs]. U.S. Government Accountability Office. June 27, 1975.
  • Chapman, Bert (July 8, 1999). "The 1907 Admission of Land-Grant University Depository Libraries: A 90-Year Perspective". Purdue University Libraries.
  • "Federal Depository Library Program". U.S. Government Printing Office.