Reference Department

The Reference Department is located on the first floor. The reference personnel provide direct information and reference services to other departments of the Learning Resources Center. The department's primary function is to enable the library user to make the most effective use of the resources of the library and to provide access, through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to materials not locally owned. If you have questions about how to find information or materials, please ask at the reference desk.

The Reference Department includes the reference desk, the display area, the online database workstation, the online catalog terminals, the microform readers/printers, and the reference collection.

The reference collection includes general encyclopedias, subject encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, newspaper and periodical indexes, almanacs, biographical dictionaries, atlases and other reference tools.

Interlibrary Loan
If there is a book or journal article you would like to use that it not owned by the Richardson-Johnson LRC, you may request that book or article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Ask at the Reference Desk for Interlibrary Loan forms.

Library Instruction
Upon the request of the instructor, the reference or other librarian can meet with individual college classes. Depending on the size of your class and your purpose, these sessions can take the form of:

  • General library orientation including how to use the library catalog
  • In-class visits
  • Hands-on instruction focusing on the effective use of library resources especially online databases
  • One-on -one instruction

To arrange for an instruction session or meet with a librarian call (803) 934-3230.