Reference assistance is available at the Reference desk, by chat, text, or email, and by phone at (615) 898-2817 (option 3).
The Reference Area, located on the first floor of the Walker Library building, houses the Library's reference collection and Reference Desk. Reference materials include encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, biographical directories, bibliographies and other factual sources. Librarians staff the Reference Desk during most of the regular library hours.
Reference Librarians can assist patrons in the Research Commons, also on the first floor, in finding appropriate electronic resources such as periodical indexes, databases, and Web sites. The Commons has about 75 computers and three printers for patron use.
Books shelved in the Reference Area have the letter "R" above the call number lettered on the spine or front of the book. Only faculty can check out reference materials or authorize a student to do so. Please return reference materials to the Reference Area when you have finished using them so that they will be available to others.
If you have research- or library-related questions, please go to the Ask A Librarian page for contact information.
In addition to the above-mentioned services, the User Services Librarians also offer: