Texas, like the U.S. government, has a depository library program. The program is mandated by the Legislature and administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Agencies provide publications to the Library which, in turn, distributes them to the Texas State Depository Libraries. There are about forty-nine such libraries in Texas, five of these in the Houston area. The Library of Congress is the only out-of-state Texas State Depository Library.
Texas State Depository libraries are full depositories. This means each receives all publications made available for distribution. There are no "selective" state depositories receiving *some* publications free through the program.
The Texas State Publications Index is a reference source, current-awareness tool, and acquisition aid for the publications produced and distributed by Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education. It includes the monographs, monographic series, annual serials, and new periodical titles that are deposited with and processed by the Texas State Library during a month. Publications excluded from this list are: job announcements, news releases, bills, slip laws, opinions, daily journals, issues of periodicals, and ephemeral materials.
Each entry in Part 1 contains the following information when available or applicable: 1) Texas Documents classification number [ 1 ]; 2) title; 3) author; 4) edition; 5) publication date; 6) pagination; 7) frequency; 8) series title and number; 9) title and content notes; 10) microfiche availability symbol; 11) OCLC record number; and 12) entry number. Materials not needing full bibliographic description are listed alphabetically by title under the subheading "LEAFLETS."
Part 2 is a subject index. Each publication is entered under one or more subject terms which reflect its content. Annual reports and other administrative publications are listed under the key word in the name of the issuing agency. The names of Texas cities, counties, private and public colleges and universities, and regional entities also are used as subject terms. Each entry includes the title, classification number, and entry number.
telnet to link.tsl.texas.gov and logon as
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(D) Depository: the publication is
available for loan from the Texas State
Library and all state depository libraries;
(N) Non-depository: the publication is available for loan from the Texas State Library.
There are agency publications available directly from the agency but not distributed through the program. These publications may be for sale or single copies may be provided free of charge upon request. Requests for permanent copies must be directed to the issuing agency. Inclusion of a title in a checklist does not guarantee that the agency has copies available for general distribution.
1.__For a description of the Texas Documents Classification system see Texas State Depository Classification Class Root Designations, a feature of the Texas Legal Research Index presented by Lydia M.V. Brandt, MLS, JD, LLM. Back to document
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