Answered By: Kate Holvoet Last Updated: Jan 19, 2015 Views: 2
Reference books are ones that the library expects many people to want to use, that often have information arranged in such a way that you can look up the exact part of the text you want to see and flip to that page. Many of these kinds of books have multiple volumes. This covers material like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other similar items. Reference books are non-circulating and are shelved in a specific location in the library (such as on the out ring of shelves in the AUH library) and are marked as belonging to the reference collection in the catalog.
Reference-style books may be in the general collection. Librarians decide when a title should be housed in the reference collection, or should be available for check out in the general collection.