As a Federal Depository Library and the New Mexico State Depository, the New Mexico State Library has developed a varied and interesting government documents collection. Many older and historic items can be found in our physical collections, digital federal items can be found and accessed through our online Catalog, and digital state documents can be found in our Digital Archive.
Inspired by Earth Day, NMSL has put together a small display showcasing a handful of government documents that address our interactions with planet Earth. We have posters, books, the Public Laws concerning Earth Day, agricultural research, climate research, teacher aids, and much more. The agencies producing this material are varied; including but not limited to: NASA, the EPA, the Agriculture Department (national and local), the Forest Service (national and local), and local universities to name just a few.
The first Earth Day was in 1970, read about it here.
Federal documents in our display.
State documents in our display.
Types of requests we receive for these government documents:
- Reporter wishing to see the NM Land Office Annual Reports during political campaign
- Individuals asking to see information about the Cerro Grande Fire and the impacts on wildlife and LANL
- People requesting plat information of a given area — BLM
- Questions regarding the regulations on wildlife and domestic animals living in the National Forests
- Requests to see the historical Newsletters of the Game and Fish Department
- Our Map collection has been used in independent geological research
- One recent question: “I saw an article about the forests in NM, do you have the reports they cited?”
Useful Online Government Resources: