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Reference Collection

Function and Mission:
Reference librarians respond to questions and assist the public using the State Library's collections of books, federal documents and databases. The Library provides assistance by telephone, in person, by e-mail, and by regular mail.

Reference librarians select materials for the general collection and items for the federal documents depository. These librarians also train state employees in the use of the Library's electronic resources and conducts workshops on reference work for public library staff.

The Reference Section offers the following resources:

• Ask-a-Librarian
Contact a reference librarian.

Useful Web Links
Go to a select list of web sites hand-picked by the State Library’s reference librarians.

• Books About Library Science
The Reference Staff have created a LibGuide with books of interest to librarians and library staff. It is a highly selective list, and includes recent materials. There are pages in the guide which list materials available by subject as well as lists of recent acquisitions. There are links to each item in the catalog and materials on the list are available through interlibrary loan.