The Federal Depository Library Program Electronic Collection (FDLP/EC) is a comprehensive digital library of U.S. Government information, drawn from a wide variety of sources, and sharing the attributes of being of public interest or educational value and produced entirely at taxpayer expense. The FDLP, through its network of depository libraries, is identifying, pointing to, acquiring or creating metadata for, and in many cases archiving electronic publications from all agencies, and will provide ongoing free public access through its suite of locator tools and services. The FDLP/EC is composed of:
- Core legislative and regulatory publications which reside on GPO servers, available through GPO Access
- Products directly managed for other agencies on GPO servers, or through formal agreements with other institutions, and available through GPO Access
- Publications identified, described, and linked to through GPO services, but which remain under the control of originating agencies, with access through GPO's locator tools and services
- Tangible electronic products (such as CD/ROM, DVD, or others) distributed to Federal depository libraries.
Complete information about the FDLP/EC is available in Managing the FDLP Electronic Collection: A Policy and Planning Document (GPO, 1998)