California Government Documents Collection Development Policy


The Oviatt Library is a selective depository for State of California documents. Under the Library Distribution Act of 1945, selective depositories receive publications directly from the State Printer, but also receive some of their publications directly from the state agencies, the Legislature, and the judiciary. The Oviatt Library collects and maintains the documents listed below as well as those that are of interest to CSUN students, faculty, staff, and the general community.

Selective Depositories may dispose of publications at any time with the exception of the following classes of materials that must be retained for at least five years:

  • Periodicals (e.g., Outdoor California, Journal of the Center for Families, Children and the Courts, etc.)
  • Administrative and statistical reports issued by state agencies (e.g., Annual Report of the Insurance Commissioner, Annual Report of Fatal and Injury Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents, etc.)
  • Basic state level fiscal documents (e.g., Governor's Budget, Final Change Book, etc.)
  • Basic legislative reference works (e.g., Senate Final History, Assembly Final History, Legislative Index, and Table of Sections Affected).

Bibliographic Control

California State Publications (CSP) is a monthly listing of official publications received by the State Library from California governmental agencies. It is available online via the California State Library Main Catalog since 2001, and in print format in the Oviatt Library, 1944-2003. California documents selected by the Oviatt Library are cataloged with full LC classification and listed in the Library Online Catalog.

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Prepared by Kathy Dabbour, May 2005; updated May 2013