As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) of the United States Government Printing Office (GPO), Swem Library offers the general public free access to online federal government information. This service follows the same principle of free access that governs the use of traditional depository materials, as provided in Section 1911 of Title 44, United States Code.
Swem Library provides access to the products in the FDLP Electronic Collection free of fees or other restrictions such as age or residency status. The FDLP Electronic Collection consists of
- core legislative and regulatory titles available through FDsys,
- other remotely accessible products managed by GPO or by institutions with which GPO has established formal agreements,
- remotely accessible electronic government information products that GPO identifies, describes, and links to but which remain under the control of the originating agencies and
- tangible electronic Government information products such as CD-ROMs and DVDs distributed to Federal depository libraries.
Patrons may use Internet-browsable work stations labeled Catalog-Internet near the Reference Desk and elsewhere in Swem Library without needing user names and passwords. Public users without user names and passwords are not able to use networked printers but can download to flash drives. Patrons are not required to show any identification as a condition of using the computers. Internet access is provided unrestricted by the use of filtering software. Patrons' use of library computers is subject to the library's overall acceptable use policy.