Reference and Reserves

Reference

The Reference collection comprises encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other books that are designed to give an overview of an area of study or let a user look up particular terms or ideas. Most of the reference books are held in the two rows of shelves on the first floor nearest the windows, but some oversized reference or large encyclopedia sets are shelved either next to the current periodicals or in the center section on the second floor. Ask for help if you need it in locating a particular reference book. 

Reference books do not check out; they must be used in the library. Often you will only need a few pages of a reference book for your project; using the library copiers to scan those pages and email them to yourself can be a good option. When you do so, make sure you also scan or copy the title and copyright page so that you will have all the information you need when it comes time to create your bibliography

Reserves

If your instructor tells you that a book is "on reserve" at the library, or if you find the word Reserve under "Shelf Location" in the library catalog, those books can be found at the circulation desk. These are books that instructors have identified as being particularly relevant for a given course. They can be used for three hours at a time, in the library only. You must check out reserve items to use them, even though you cannot remove them from the library. You can check out up to three reserve books at a time.

To request a book from the reserve shelf, ask for it by the name of the instructor and the title of the book.

Required textbooks for lower division (1000-2000), core curriculum courses are also available on reserve. Typically, other assigned textbooks will not be available in the library unless your instructor has provided us with a copy. 

Faculty: see Faculty Services for information about placing materials on reserve for your classes. 

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