Reference Collections

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection consists of items which are both:

  1. in one of the traditional categories of reference works, such as dictionaries, handbooks, commentaries, encyclopedias, etc.
  2. in high demand.

Low use reference works and superseded editions are placed in the General Collection.

Liaisons have selection responsibility for purchasing reference books in their subject specialties, although the reference librarian may suggest new purchases based on collection usage and reviews.

Items can be checked out for 2 hours.

Commonly used volumes of the following commentary sets are located in the Reference Collection:

Ready Reference

The Ready Reference Collection consists of a single shelf of items most used by staff at the reference desk.  Items do not circulate.

Electronic Reference

Reference books are well suited to electronic access and future purchases will be in electronic format when possible.  Electronic reference books may be acquired individually through one of the library EBook Collections or as a database.  The library currently subscribes to the Gale Virtual Reference Library.