SMU's Fondren Library has been serving Dallas as a selective federal depository since 1925. In partnership with the Government Printing Office, or GPO, the Government Information and Map Resources Department serves not only the SMU Campus, but also the residents of the 32nd Congressional District and the general public. The collection is housed in the Fondren Library Center and the Underwood Law Library.
At various times in its history, SMU has also participated in special depository arrangements with such federal agencies as the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), the Army Mapping Service or AMS (later, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency or NIMA, now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency or NGA), NASA, and the Department of Energy (DOE).
Fondren Library has also been a partner in the Texas State Publications Depository Program since that program was established in 1976.
The Government Information Resources collections include Federal (United States Government) publications in paper, microfiche and electronic -- both tangible (e.g., DVD-ROM) and virtual (e.g., web-based resources) -- formats. The Federal collection has been developed to support research in the humanities, the social sciences, education, legal studies, science and technology, and business, as well as areas of interest to the general public. Currently, SMU receives 77% of the publications made available to the Federal Depository Library Program or FDLP.
As a full participant in the Texas State Publications Depository Program, SMU receives all publications distributed by the Texas State Library via the program. However, not all publications of the State are included in the program. The Texas Collection also includes materials from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).