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Reference Department: About Reference


Reference Department (1st Floor)

The Reference Department is located on the first floor of the John B. Cade Library. The Department has electronic resources and a comprehensive collection of print titles. Professional librarians and competent assistants are available and ready to provide personal assistance.

The reference collection includes:

  • Standard print dictionaries-general and specialized
  • Standard print encyclopedias-general and subject
  • Almanacs
  • Atlases
  • Maps
  • Handbooks and manuals
  • Directories
  • LibGuides(Subject Guides)
  • Electronic resources
  • Specialized electronic books

Reference books are arranged by call number, using the (Library of Congress); all titles are cataloged in the online catalog. If you are unable to locate a reference title, please visit the Ask Here Desk.

Other features include:

  • 10 computer workstations are provided to enable library users to access the electronic collection, other information resources and services, and scholarly internet research.
  • 2 Group Study Rooms 


Reference Staff

Vanissa Gosserand Reference/User Services Librarian  

Telephone Number: 225-771-2841

Department Hours

Sunday: 2:00 pm-12 Midnight

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 am-12 Midnight

Friday: 7:30 am-5:00

Saturday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm