The Reference, Research and Government Information unit is


The Reference, Research and Government Information unit is the University Library’s central hub for research assistance, leading patrons to the discovery of library resources, government and statistical information, and expert help.

We provide expert assistance in navigating the government information landscape. Using a wide range of tools, we provide assistance to researchers working in all disciplines, help people to locate difficult-to-find items, and make referrals to subject specialists when appropriate.

We support the educational mission of the university by approaching reference programs and services from an instructional perspective, and by fostering user independence and the development of information literacy skills.

We support the service mission of the university by extending the library’s reach to the local community and beyond, assisting users around the world and on our campus with our unique collections and through our commitment to free and ready access to government information.

We serve our diverse patron population indirectly by being their advocate on library technology and service initiatives and by selecting resources in all formats that benefit a wide

range of researchers.