Documents Expediting Project

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DOCEX, the common name for Documents Expediting Project, was a program begun in 1946 by the Library of Congress (LoC)[1] to distribute duplicate copies of government publications they received from federal government agencies.[2] The program provided a means of obtaining documents that were not distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program, not for sale by the Government Printing Office, and not available directly from the publishing agency. Initially, DOCEX was begun by the Librarian of Congress to make formerly classified documents available after World War II. Libraries could subscribe to the service and make selections from lists sent by LoC. LoC had a special arrangement with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to distribute CIA reference aids, which consist of things such as posters of communist leaders of various countries.

The service was discontinued on September 30, 2004.[3] A letter from Michael W. Albin explained that the decision to end DOCEX was a result of the service no longer being self-supporting because so many documents were available on the web and because several CIA titles had been discontinued.[4]


  1. ^ Annual report of the Librarian of Congress for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1946. Washington: GPO, 1947.
  2. ^ Shaw, Thomas Shuler. Library Associations and Public Documents. Library Trends 15 (1) Summer 1966: Federal, State and Local Government Publications: 167-177
  3. ^ Annual report of the Librarian of Congress for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004 [1]
  4. ^ Albin, Michael W. Letter regarding the Documents Expediting Project. 2004. quoted in e-mail to Govdoc-l posted by Roscoe Wolff-Watts, April 13, 2004.

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  • "Library of Congress".
  • "Federal Depository Library Program".