San Antonio – The United States Government Printing Office (GPO) has designated St. Mary’s University’s Louis J. Blume Academic Library’s website as a “Service Partner.” As a GPO Service Partner, St. Mary’s library’s Government Information Web Subject Index will be included on the GPO’s website as a valuable resource for researchers to use in seeking information generated by federal agencies and by the U.S. Congress.

Along with providing St. Mary’s students access to exemplary research and resource materials, both the Louis J. Blume Academic Library and the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library are also both U.S. depository libraries, part of a network of more than 1200 institutions across the country. As depositories, the libraries receive tangible government publications, access to electronic publications (some of which are not freely available to the public), training, and support from the GPO and its partners.

GPO has been developing partnerships with federal depository libraries and other federal agencies to increase access to electronic federal information. With an increasing amount of federal information available electronically, partnerships ensure permanent public access to electronic content and provide services to assist depositories in providing access to electronic material and in managing their depository collections. These partnerships also allow GPO to take advantage of the expertise of federal depository librarians and the services they have developed.

St. Mary’s University is ranked No. 1 by Washington Monthly’s 2010 “College Rankings – What Can Colleges Do for the Country” for promoting community service, fostering scientific and humanistic research, and making a quality college education accessible and affordable.

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