Selective federal depository libraries which are served by a Regional Library may withdraw depository materials from their collections after the materials have been held for five years, and after receiving permission from their Regional.

Except for the Exceptions to the 5 Year Rule listed below, all publications must be retained for five years from the date of receipt. For withdrawal purposes, it is essential that the date of receipt be marked on each publication and/or the shelf list.

There is no requirement that selectives must withdraw any publications, and all depositories are encouraged to consider the needs of their users when developing withdrawal policies. Each depository should have a collection development policy which identifies both selection and withdrawal policies in the context of the community's needs.

Withdrawal lists are checked by the Regional Library, in order to maintain a complete collection of federal publications which is then available to libraries in the region. Most publications in the Regional collections, with the exception of some reference materials and fragile publications, are available for Interlibrary Loan and/or photocopy. The Regional, in cooperation with MINITEX, will attempt to supply any publication needed by selectives within the region, including microfiche.

These guidelines are based on the Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program.

Exceptions to the 5 Year Rule

  • Publications listed on the Superseded List except items designated with the R in the regional column
  • Government publications which are duplicates or are received outside of the depository system (gifts, Documents Expediting Project, direct mail, etc)
  • Depository publications received from Government Printing Officer (GPO) but not selected
  • Publications for which an online version replaces a print/microfiche version. See Weeding a Depository Collection for details.

University of MN Regional Guidelines

  • Look at the Regional Needs List page to determine if you even need to check our catalog. We have gone through some of the larger sets and identified what we're missing so that you don't have to take the time to check for every item when they all fall under the same title. These lists cover the Essential Titles, Serial Set, Census, and other miscellaneous titles.
    • You do not need to offer anything from Y 1.1/4 through 8 since these House and Senate reports and documents are all retained within the bound Serial Set that the Regional receives separately.
  • If the University of Minnesota catalog shows that a Twin Cities campus (UM TC) library owns a copy of the document, it does not need to be listed and may be withdrawn at any time. If it is unclear if the University of Minnesota owns a copy, please list it.
  • Publications which are replaced by microfiche, commercial reprint, or other re-publication may be withdrawn in less than five years but must be listed for the Regional first. The withdrawal list must clearly state that they are being replaced. In the case of major replacement projects, such lists may be sent without reference to the disposal calendar.
  • Depository maps for the regional are often not cataloged down to the item level in the catalog (but are indexed within the Map Library), which makes it more difficult to determine regional holdings. Below are the Regional's USGS Topographic map holdings for you to compare with your holdings. Thematic sheets, Land Use series , and County Map series maps you should be able to check in our catalog. For larger weeding projects of maps, contact Alicia Kubas, Regional Coordinator, and Ryan Mattke, Map Librarian, for further information and instructions.
  • It is encouraged that materials not needed by the Regional be offered to other depositories in the region and then nationally. However, this is not required.

If significant publications or large sets are being withdrawn, listing them for the Regional is encouraged as a courtesy, as well as publicizing them for other depositories in the region. They must be clearly identified on lists as to the reason for withdrawal (e.g. duplicate or non-depository).

Withdrawing Depository Microfiche

  • Depositories may withdraw microfiche after the mandatory 5-year retention without providing lists to the Regional.
  • Large collections or long runs of serials in fiche may have interest for the Regional. The Regional should be informed of these intended withdrawals in a letter with a description of the collection. A detailed inventory is not necessary. The letter should specify that the library plans to withdraw, for example, the Federal Register earlier than 1990, or all microfiche from the 1980 census. Letters identifying major microfiche withdrawals do not need to follow the monthly withdrawal schedule.

How to Submit Withdrawal Lists

  • All lists MUST be submitted electronically by email using the instructions below. If your library is unable to do this, please contact the Regional Librarian, Alicia Kubas, to discuss alternatives.
  • Each list or group of lists sent via email must include the following information in the email text: the depository library name and depository number, the list dates, and the list numbers attached. Lists should be sequentially-numbered throughout the year (e.g. 2009-01, 2009-02, etc.) to assist in record-keeping.
  • Withdrawal lists sent via email must use the Withdrawal List Template format.
  • Lists should be emailed to Clarice Ostman.
  • Email the lists using the subject line withdrawal list.
  • Lists are checked on a monthly basis, so depending on where in the month the list was submitted it can take up to 8 weeks for us to get back to you (but it's usually less than that).

The Withdrawal Calendar has been retired. Selectives can now offer any SuDoc and there is no item or title limit. Please let the Regional know about large weeding projects or sets.