What the Library Offers...
By becoming an Institutional Member of the Library, you not only provide access to our collection for your students and faculty, you enable the Library to continue supporting students, researchers and the community.
Library Visits for Students
Familiarize your students with our library! In response to community interest, special programs are presented for classes from diverse schools, both bilingual schools and French neighborhood public schools. Tours can also be arranged for classes from Preschool (maternelle) through Middle School (collège) with our Youth Librarian, as well as High School (lycée), and College (université) students with our Reference Librarian. These tours can be tailored to your needs, with topics ranging from a short discussion about library etiquette and book care for younger children to research methodology including bibliographic instruction.
Research and Reference Materials
The material in the Library's collection of more than 120,000 resources is composed primarily of works by American and other English-language authors, and features significant holdings in American history and civilization, literary criticism, poetry, popular culture, fine arts, humanities, the social sciences, as well as a reference collection covering all areas of knowledge. Law, Medicine, and the Sciences are presented on an introductory level only.
The Library offers more than 500 periodicals, ranging from weekly and monthly magazines, including news and opinion, entertainment, the arts, science and lifestyle issues, to specialty publications focusing on specific areas of business, creative writing, and literary criticism. Nearly 100 currently subscribed titles are available for consultation and/or circulation in the magazine area; all other archived titles should be requested at the reference desk. The International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times) is available on microfilm from 1888 to present.
An extensive collection of reference books may be consulted in the Library, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, basic reference works in all fields, bibliographies, and historic periodical indexes.
We are also pleased to offer our members and users several leading digital content databases. JSTOR’s Arts & Sciences Collection and EBSCO’s MasterFile Premier each contain full-text articles from more than 1,000 periodicals. ProQuest's eBrary Business Collection contains over 20,000 electronic books in a variety of business-related subject areas.
Reference Help Desk
The Reference Help Desk is staffed with librarians to help you with your questions. If you have a question about the Library or a question regarding the research you're doing, please ask us. We can help you to use our catalog and research center, refine your search so that you find more items on your topic, help you locate items in the building -- and more. No question is too big or too small. Ask a librarian!