Welcome to Reference and Non-fiction Room!

Located on the 4th Floor

The Reference Desk is a public service counter where professional librarians provide library users with advice on library collections and services, and expertise on multiple kinds of information from multiple sources.

Reference Services is when professional librarians assist library visitors in identifying, locating, and retrieving information in a variety of formats.

Reference librarians are available to provide guidance in every aspect of the research process. Reference librarians can help you:

  • find information on a topic
  • develop research strategies for papers and projects
  • search library catalogs, article databases, and Internet resources
  • locate facts and statistics

The Reference Collection is located on the 4th floor (just beyond the reference desk). Reference books are useful for locating:

  • Facts -- “What is the chemical formula for methane?”
  • Definitions -- “What is a podcast?”
  • Statistics -- “What is the rate of teen suicide in the U.S.?”
  • Biographies -- “Who was Karl Marx?”
  • Topic Overviews -- “What was the Boston Massacre?”
  • Geographical Information -- “Where is the Thames River?”

Resources found in the Reference Collection include dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, handbooks, bibliographies, indexes, and other reference books in all subject areas. Reference books are non-circulating, which means they cannot be checked out.

The library also has an extensive e-reference collection with full-text reference books available online.



Also available on the fourth floor are computers, quiet study rooms and study tables.  There is public wi-fi access throughout the building.

Please feel free to contact the Reference Department at 420-8101 x1.