The Reference Department is located on the second floor, with an information desk nearby. The Reference Department is supervised by a professional librarian and assisted by support staff members during operating hours.
The Reference Collection consists of a wealth of information, in print and on CD-ROM. Books are arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Indexes are arranged alphabetical by title.
Several CD-ROM databases such as Grolierís Multimedia Encyclopedia, The Scribnerís Writer Series, Encarta Africana Encyclopedia and the Encarta Reference Suite are accessible from a computer set aside for CD-ROM use only.
Other electronic databases include EBSCO Academic Elite, NewsBank Online, Info Trac Web, Gale Net, the Bloomberg Financial Market Online, Bold-Ideas, and 2Facts.
Utilizing the CASPR Automated System, library holdings information can easily be accessed by Basic Searching (author, title, subject) and advance searching.
Special collections include the Negro Heritage Collection, The Teacher Education Curriculum Laboratory, Graduate School Catalogs, the Lane College Archival Collection, The Dr. Anna Lee Cooke Collection, and the Donald L. Hollowell Collection. Also featured in the LLRC is the Haitian Art Collection. Materials from these collections circulate on a limited basis.
The Media Center provides equipment and non-print materials that are selected to supplement the curriculum of the College such as: laptop computers, computerized projectors, televisions, VCRs, DVDs, video and audio cassettes, slides, compact discs, overhead projectors, and transparencies. A current list of video cassettes is available at the front desk. Media materials circulate for three days only. Audio-visual materials placed on reserve by instructors can be circulated in-house for a two-hour period unless otherwise stated by the instructor. All hardware is made available to both faculty and students on a first-come first-served basis.
A coin-operated copying machine is available for service during library operating hours. Copies are $0.10 per page. Computer copies are also available from the Network printer located at the circulation desk. Computer copies are $0.05 per page.
Seminar/viewing rooms can be scheduled for small groups or class meetings. Audio-Visual equipment and rooms must be requested in advance of the date.
Study carrels are available on the second floor for individual use.
The library staff encourages library instruction and orientation. The purpose of this instruction is to demonstrate specific library resources and electronic resources available to support a class curriculum.
The orientations take about 45 minutes and are general walk-in tours with a focus on orienting new users to services and locations within the library.