Most libraries have a separate area for high-use, super helpful books. Usually “reference” books are associated with encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses (or “thesauri” for the grammatically correct), but other things can often be found in reference, too. For our Foods and Nutrition students, we have many books that will help you with your case studies (i.e. things on different diseases, medications, etc). Other students will find handbooks, manuals, atlases, etc, in Brescia’s reference section.
Normally reference books cannot be taken out the library, but you can use them for as long as you like while you’re there (unlike reserves, which are two-hour loan items). We just ask that you be conscientious of other students: if you need the book, chances are your classmates do too.
Brescia’s reference section is located in the main area of the library: they’re shorter shelves near the computer lab, organized by call number.
One student asked where Weldon’s reference section is. This is hard to explain via blog, but I’ll try my best: when you walk into Weldon, go straight past the computers and past their big library desk. Straight ahead is a separate room: this is the reference section. It’s also organized by call number, so it’s best if you know what you’re looking for (at least generally, anyway). The Weldon staff, though, would be happy to help you find what you’re looking for.