Stacks FAQs

The document that I would like to submit is not a PDF (portable document format), what do I do?

There are numerous free resources that will convert a document to a PDF file for you including and If you are unable to convert the files yourself, please send them as-is through our dropbox so that we can make any necessary changes and add them to the depository.

Can I just email you the documents?

Yes. Remember that the size of the document must be taken into consideration and most agencies don't allow emailing documents larger than 10M.

What if I don't see my agency listed?

Choose "Other" or "Independent Board and Commissions." Or ask us!

What if my file size is larger than 1.5 GB?

The file will need to be burned to disc and sent to us at the following address or through Statehouse Mail:
Idaho Commission for Libraries
325 W. State Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

If you need assistance, please call Allison Floyd at (208) 334-2150.

Which entities are considered to be "state agencies"?

According to the Idaho Code, "state agency" includes every constitutional and statutory office, officer, department, division, bureau, board, commission and agency of the state and, where applicable, all subdivisions of each."

What is meant by "publication?"

Examples of a publication include but are not limited to: annual reports, audits, plans, program reviews, directories, maps, statistical compilations, surveys, research reports, newsletters, manuals, handbooks, guides, meeting minutes, technical reports, and conference proceedings.

Criteria for Deposit
To decide whether a publication should be deposited, ask yourself three key questions:

  • Is it published by a state agency or at state government expense?
  • Is it intended for public distribution?
  • Is it distributed outside the agency?

If the answer is "yes" on all counts, the item is a likely candidate for deposit. Funding source and scope of distribution are the two main criteria for determining whether a publication should be deposited with us. Let's take a closer look at each of these criteria.

Funding source. In general, if the publication is funded by taxes or constituent fees, it is eligible for deposit. This includes items published by state agencies, for state agencies, under contract with state agencies, or in cooperation with state agencies. Today, governmental functions are increasingly carried out through partnerships with private-sector firms and other levels of government. It is especially important to capture the research and policy information found in publications resulting from such partnerships.

Distribution. A key phrase in the law is "for public distribution." Internal memos, procedure manuals, staff newsletters, and in-house reports do not qualify for deposit. On the other hand, any publication distributed beyond the confines of the agency should be deposited, even if it targets a relatively narrow audience such as program participants or client groups. In our experience, such publications provide insight into the workings of the agency and can be of interest to many users beyond the intended audience.

Categories of Publications

Another way to think about depository requirements is to look at broad categories of publications. Most state publications pertain to the state's financial and legal framework, agency operations, or client services.

Financial and legal framework. In this category are budget documents and audit reports; legislative journals, reports, bills, laws, and codes; judicial decisions; administrative rules and codes; Executive Orders; and Attorney General's Opinions. Distribution of many of these is formalized under separate statutes, but the remainder are subject to the depository law.

Agency operations. This category includes annual reports, plans, program reviews, and audit reports. It also covers informational by-products of agency operations, such as directories, bibliographies, maps, statistical compilations, surveys, minutes, and research reports.

Client services. This category may include such items as newsletters, manuals, hand-books, guides, safety bulletins, consumer pamphlets, program brochures, or information sheets targeting a specific client group.

Gray Areas

Criteria and categories can help in determining depository status, but gray areas remain. Some of the more common ones are:

Draft reports. Unless they are adopted as the final version, draft versions of reports are generally exempt from deposit.

Conference and workshop materials. Any formal conference proceedings should be deposited, but manuals designed to accompany oral presentations and workshops should be deposited only if they are complete in themselves.

Press releases and speeches. We do not collect most speeches and press releases. They are primarily of current value and are distributed through other channels.

Still have questions?

Email Allison Floyd  ( or call (208) 334-2150.