Answered By: Kelly Faulkner
Last Updated: Jul 07, 2016     Views: 2617

At the Downcity Library, most reference books can be checked out. Ask a librarian at the Reference Desk for help.

At the Harborside Library, reference books typically can't be checked out, but you can ask a librarian at the main desk to see if we can make an exception.


Why can't I always check out reference books?

Since most reference books are encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other books where you'd only be using a small portion; highly popular or frequently used; or very expensive and hard to replace (or all of the above), we prefer to keep them in the library.

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