The Reference collection serves as a non-circulating resource that supports the teaching and research missions of the University. In addition, the Reference collection functions as a major information center for the region and includes selected sources that are basic to general knowledge.
The Reference collection consists of sources that are consulted for factual, bibliographic, or directional information. With few exceptions, reference sources are not intended to be read in their entirety, since dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, and other "generalities" make up much of this part of the collection. The Reference collection contains printed materials, microform sources, CD-ROMs, and other electronic sources, including access to many important reference resources now available online.