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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Announcement

*Simpson Library is open on a walk-in basics for all patrons: UMW students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

Select services are available in person. See our Hours and Directions page or view our Hours and Services flyer.

Visit our guide to Using the Library During the COVID-19 Pandemic for more information regarding access to library resources, reference assistance, and instructional support.

Many documents are available online from our Government Information LibGuide and our catalog. Quick links to online resources are available by  and U.S. Agencies - A-Z.

UMW Libraries Online Library Resources for Faculty and Students is another point of service for virtual use. Remote research assistance is available. You can call the Reference Desk at 540-654-1148, email us at, text us your questions at 540-657-3337, or use our chat function to talk to a librarian from your computer.


COVID-19 Guidance for Federal Depository Libraries including Additional COVID-19 Guidance (updated 3/13/2020)

FDLP has compiled some reliable Government Information on the Coronavirus..



More information on COVID-19 is listed below under Hot Topics.

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Government information is available on almost every topic. The University of Mary Washington is a depository for both federal and Virginia government documents. Besides paper, documents are available in a variety of formats -- online, CD-ROMS, microfiche, videos, maps, and discs. Most documents owned by the UMW Libraries can be located using the UMW Libraries' Catalog. Information about UMW depository selection and maintenance is available in the Government Documents Collection Development Policy Federal Depository #0633.

As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the UMW Libraries are expected to provide free and current access to the FDLP electronic collection and the GPO Access databases. See our Public Access Policy for Government Information. Government resources links provide access to government information by branch of government, agency, and subject. Please ask at the Simpson Library Information Desk if you need assistance or use one of the Search Tools to locate materials.

A Federal Depository Library

“This library is a congressionally designated depository for
U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents
collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)”

Government Documents

Federal Depository Library

Summer Durrant
Collection Services Librarian
Government Documents Coordinator

Phyllis Johnson
Government Documents Assistant