Attaching Regional Depositories’ OCLC Holding Symbols to GPO Cataloging

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has been setting holdings for regional depository libraries since February 2005. There was a delay in the service in 2016-2017 while changes were made at OCLC, but all holdings were retrospectively added.

This service has been discontinued as of February 2024. The final batch of catalog records to receive regional holdings via this service were catalog records created in the month of January 2024.

The service is in support of regional depository libraries, increasing access for OCLC WorldCat users and interlibrary loan operations, and identification of publications in the National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information.

Each month, all GPO catalog records created or updated in the previous month and which include an item number in the 074 field are identified for OCLC so they may attach participating regional depository holdings symbols to the records.

Participating regional depositories have their symbol added to all catalog records with item numbers, regardless of the format of the information product. Regionals may choose to use more than one OCLC symbol, though the symbols will be added to all records for both tangible and electronic titles.

With the current service, please note:

  • There is no custom FDLP item number profiling for this service, so holdings may be set for publications not selected at some regional depositories.
  • Any GPO catalog records without 074 fields are excluded from this service. GPO catalog records do not contain item numbers in these situations:
  • Digital reproductions of previously distributed publications
    • Distributed prior to 1940 and no item number assigned at that time
  • Digital reproductions of unreported publications
    • Publications predate item number system
  • Inactive or defunct issuing agencies
    • No new item number is created
  • Some project records, such as those in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set project

Current participants



Parent Institution of Library


Library Name




OCLC Symbol



Auburn University at Montgomery

Auburn University at Montgomery Library





California State Library


Government Publications Section





University of Colorado, Boulder

Norlin Library



0075 Connecticut State Library Connecticut State Library CT CZL


University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries FL FUG
0114 University of Georgia Map and Government Information Library GA GUA
0170   Indiana State Library IN ISL
0208 University of Kentucky William T. Young Library KY KUK
0222 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LSU Library LA LUU
0230 Louisiana Tech University Prescott Memorial Library LA LRT
0235 University of Maine, Orono Raymond H. Fogler Library ME MEU
0295 University of Minnesota Government Publications Library MN MNU
0312 University of Mississippi J.D. Williams Library MS MUM
0341 University of Montana Mansfield Library MT MTG
0447 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Davis Library NC NOC
0456 University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library ND UND
0460 State Library of Ohio Government Information Services OH OHI
0488 Oklahoma State University Edmon Low Library OK OKS
0508 Pennsylvania Department of Education State Library of Pennsylvania PA PHA
0562 University of South Carolina, Columbia Thomas Cooper Library SC SUC
0590A University of Memphis Ned R. McWherter Library TN TMA
0591   Texas State Library & Archives Commission TX IKM
0640 University of Virginia Alderman Library VA VA@
0653 West Virginia University Downtown Campus Library WV WVU

Depository libraries can also have holdings set by participating in GPO’s Cataloging Record Distribution Program (CRDP). Several regional depositories not on the list above have opted to have their holdings set, per their FDLP item selection profile, through the CRDP instead.

If you have questions, please contact GPO via askGPO using the Category, Other depository library question or issue.