The goal of the reference collection is to provide an up-to-date, authoritative, non-circulating collection of materials that permits quick access to basic information on diverse subjects.

The collection is developed with predominant emphasis on standard reference formats: almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, handbooks, indexes, directories, bibliographies, concordances, plot summaries/critiques, price guides, and statistical compilations. Most of the print sources have been or continue to be replaced by electronic sources.

Some frequently consulted reference sources are shelved at the reference desk in an area called "Ready Reference". These sources are cited in the catalog as "AT REF DESK." This Ready Reference section also contains some local, state, and federal government publications. Factors that determine what is placed in Ready Reference include:
  • frequency of use.
  • proximity to telephones.
  • monetary value.
  • deterrence of loss through theft.
The reference collection is weeded to ensure that the collection remains up-to-date and authoritative in providing quick access to basic information.