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Reference Collection

This guide introduces you to the main reference collection, both print and electronic

Welcome to the Library Guide for Reference!

This guide will give you  an introduction to our general reference collection on the library's main floor. (It does not include information about the Theological Reference Collection, which is on the 4th floor). Reference books are to be used for introductions and overviews of a topic. Our collection has books on every subject taught at Calvin. Reference books may be checked out of the library for a period of one week with no renewals. 

New Reference Books

What's in this guide?

Welcome to the Research Assistance Desk

Our librarians can meet with you at the Research Assistance Desk as shown here. This service point is located on the 2nd (main) floor just inside the library entrance doors. Depending on the time of day, you may find a Library Research Consultant (student worker) on duty. Some questions and problems are best addressed by meeting face-to-face with a person.

There are other ways to contact our librarians and research consultants for help. See the Get Help page in this guide.