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Inserted below is part of the text of a GPO press release announcing the
closure of the GPO Bookstores, other than the main bookstore at the GPO
headquarters on North Capitol Street in Washington, DC.  The full text is
available at http://www.gpo.gov/public-affairs/news/03news29.html. This does
not affect the Federal Consumer Information Center (FCIC) in Pueblo,
Colorado.
AS GPO'S ONLINE SERVICES SURGE IN POPULARITY, BRICK-AND-MORTAR BOOKSTORES TO
CLOSE
Available Stock Now Offered at Close Out Prices
With nearly a quarter of a million titles available online and free of
charge, and with public retrievals exceeding 32 million every month, GPO
Access (www.gpoaccess.gov), a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office
(GPO), has become one of the principal tools for providing public access to
official U.S. Government information. As a result, by September 30, 2003,
the GPO will close all of its brick-and-mortar bookstore operations outside
Washington, DC.
Before closing, bookstore customers can take advantage of low prices on
remaining store stocks. These items are being repriced at 25% of the
original price.
"The GPO is remaking itself as an agency committed to using new technologies
to meet the information demands of the 21st century," said Public Printer of
the United States Bruce R. James. "In the past our bookstores provided a
great service, but the business of Government information production and
delivery is changing, and we are not only changing with it, we will help
lead that change."
The closings mark the latest in a series of developments marking the GPO's
transformation into a primarily electronic information disseminating agency.
In addition to providing online access to Government information via GPO
Access, GPO is actively transitioning its Federal Depository Library
Program, serving 1,200 libraries nationwide, to a predominately electronic
basis.
GPO offers an online bookstore at <http://bookstore.gpo.gov>. The online
bookstore's sales catalog includes all titles available for sale and can be
searched by publication title, subject, or keywords. All titles can be
ordered securely online using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and
Discover/Novus credit cards, and customers have a rapid delivery option via
FedEx.
Customers can also order Government publications from the GPO toll free by
telephone from 866-512-1800, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time; by fax
from 202-512-2250; or by mail from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box
371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954.
Slated for closure are the GPO bookstores in Kansas City, Portland OR,
Seattle, New York (these four will close July 1); Los Angeles, Denver,
Pueblo CO, Detroit, Milwaukee (August 1); and Atlanta, Jacksonville FL,
Pittsburgh, and Houston (August 29). The store at the GPO headquarters in
Washington, DC, will be reconfigured. Since 2001, the GPO has closed
bookstores in San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Birmingham,
Cleveland, and Columbus, as well as a store in the Washington, DC, area.
In addition to being able to access Federal information and buy Government
publications online, citizens can continue to locate and use Government
information through any Federal depository library located near them. To
locate the Federal depository library nearest you, go to
www.gpo.gov/libraries.

Judy

Judith C. Russell ([log in to unmask])
Superintendent of Documents
U.S. Government Printing Office
Phone: 202-512-0571
Fax: 202-512-1434