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The geosciences collection supports the teaching, research and service activities of the entire university community. Primary users are the faculty, staff, and students of the Geosciences Department. Its essential focus is support for the undergraduate and graduate curricula for the Geosciences Department. The collection is supplemented through interlibrary loan services whenever special curriculum and research needs of geosciences faculty and students arise. The UNL Libraries are classed as a regional depository library for U. S. government documents. The geosciences collection contains most publications of the U.S. Geological Survey, including an extensive collection of topographic and geological maps. Although materials are not purchased for the general public, the collection serves many local branches of federal, state, and county agencies, such as the Conservation and Survey Division of the School of Natural Resources, and the Nebraska State Museum.