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Why use reference books?
We collect reference books so that you can have access to high-quality, factual information. Reference books include dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and almanacs. Reference books are a good place to go if you need facts, background information on a topic, or statistics.
We also have a collection of reference books in print, and they do not circulate--that means you cannot check them out--but you are welcome to use them while you're here in the library. The reference section is located behind the reference desk, which is the desk straight ahead of you once you enter the library.
Biography Resource Center
Contains biographies of over 300,000 people from hundreds of reference books and magazine articles.
Oxford Music Online
Electronic version of the popular encyclopedia.
Statistical Abstract of the United States
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
NOTE: As of October 1, 2011, statistics on this website will not be updated.