Missouri State University has been part of the United Nations depository library program since 2000. Currently, there are 355 depository libraries in 136 countries and territories around the globe. MSU is the only U.N. depository in the state of Missouri.
The intended purpose of the depository system is for documents of the U.N. to be easily accessed by the general public free of charge. The depository system was put in place just one year after the formation of the U.N. in 1945.
Bill Edgar, governmental information librarian at Meyer Library, said having the depository as a resource on campus is in line with Missouri State’s public affairs mission.
“It is important for us to have this because of the status of the U.N. as the preeminent intergovernmental organization in the world,” Edgar said. “It’s a place where a lot of humanitarian work is done. It’s the place where nations can come together and talk rather than fight.”