- Harriet Irving Library
- Science & Forestry Library
- Engineering Library
- Saint John Library
- Law Library
Governments and intergovernmental organizations are the world's largest publishers-one only has to think of the annual publishing of the United Nations, the Canadian federal government, or the World Health Organization to realize the possible magnitude of the collection. The range of topics is extremely broad, covering social issues, policy and legislation, as well as research and technical subject matters.
Expertise is provided for the government documents collection by the library to make the task less time-consuming for faculty, students and staff. Finding what you need is a challenge simply because governments do not tend to publish in a predictable or well-documented manner as is the case with other commercial publishers.
The Department collects materials from all levels of government, ranging from local and provincial to federal to international. It is one of New Brunswick's five full depository members of the Canadian government's Depository Services Program, as well as serving as a depository for the European Union, Asian Development Bank, and United Nations. Notable in the collection are the British Parliamentary Publications, and the American congressional publications-as well as Canadian federal publications dating back to the late 1800s. The Department has also provided an on-line version of early Royal Commissions of New Brunswick through the Electronic Text Centre.
Every attempt has been made to include government publications in the Quest catalogue for discovery, but government publications tend to elude the commercial index and abstracting services. It is the goal of the Government Documents, Data, and Maps department to provide timely and efficient help with this collection for its users, which include not only students and faculty, but also researchers and members of the general public.
Because of their role in the compilation and distribution of both statistical and data resources, many of the statistical and data resources required for research and course work are grouped with the government documents collection.
Statistics Canada is one of the most important data providers and the UNB Libraries is both a Depository Services Program library for all general publications and tables, as well as a member of the Data Liberation Initiative, a program that provides Statistics Canada public use microdata files for use by authorized users of UNB Libraries. Access to the master or confidential data files is provided in partnership with the UNB Research Data Centre.
In addition to Canadian governmental data, the Department collections include the holdings of the Interuniversity Consortium of Political and Social Research, a massive archive of US data, as well as polling information from Roper and from the Performance Measurement Bureau.
It has been said that maps are the definition of a country; without maps and spatial data, nations would not exist as we know them.
Whether that is true or not, the UNB Libraries has been building a working collection of maps and adding spatial data to extend our research and teaching as the data become available (and affordable). Cartographic material in the UNB Map Room collection includes: