Streamlined Reference

April 4th, 2011

If you’ve visited the library recently, you know we’re always fine-tuning things here.  Our most recent change involves the reference books.  These used to be split up into two sections – reference and biography books, in two different places.  We’ve combined them into one easy-to-use collection.  Both types of books now make up the first row of shelves in the stacks.  So if you don’t see them where they used to be, don’t worry – they’re still here!

While we were at it, we took the opportunity to update it into a much more streamlined, focused reference collection.  We’ve trimmed a few redundant volumes (like Something About the Author, now online), and transferred a lot to the circulating collection, so that you can get more use out of them. 

new reference area

So the front part of the library is much more open and accommodating for programs and readings and students studying.  Near where the reference collection once was, you’ll now find our leisure book collection (including audio books), as well as a small display of booksale items. 

old reference area

Add in our study rooms, each featuring special software (Naxos music software in room 257, video editing software in 147, and dictation software in 145), as well as the Library Living room, and it’s clear we’re committed to spaces that support the real needs of users – how people actually learn.  We hope you’ll find the collection and the library much more usable as we continue to improve it!