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Library Glossary: Q-R



Reference Desk The desk where librarians and library technicians can assist you in navigating the library and its resources. Staff can assist you with conducting research.

Reference Collection – A selection of library materials such as encyclopedia’s, dictionaries, almanacs, directories, indexes, bibliographies, etc. Print reference materials are in library use only. Online reference materials are available through our databases.

RenewalAn extension of the loan period of library materials. Typically general loan library materials can be renewed three times (some exceptions do apply).

Reserve Items or Course Reserve Items – These items are placed in the library by an instructor for a particular course. These items are available to students for use for limited periods of time and are to be used as learning resources for a course. These materials are kept at the Circulation Desk and can be searched for by using the library catalogue.