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EIU Reference Librarians are available every hour the library is open. We provide professional research support to library users as they navigate the complex resources in the University Library.


Reference librarians can...

  • provide advice on research techniques or strategies
  • create guides to library resources by broad subject area or focused topics
  • teach classes in research skills, often referred to as "information literacy"
  • answer questions in person, by email, phone, and chat
  • provide research consultations by appointment
  • collaborate with faculty to design effective assignments
  • give presentations on specific resources to help faculty and students get the most out of our collections

Working on a graduate thesis?

Learn what reference librarians can do to help.

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Booth Library has a large collection of Reference resources in print and online

Our reference collection contains books on all subjects.

Reference books, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, directories, thesauri, almanacs and statistical compendia are those materials that are most frequently consulted as sources of information or as guides to other resources.

Some high-use reference books are kept at the Reference Desk. You need your panthercard to use these materials.

Computer Lab


The library purchases access rights to 100+ online databases providing you with high quality and scholarly information in all subjects.

There are 44 computers available in the Reference room for use in accessing the library databases and any resources linked from the library webpages including the EIU Online Catalog.

You may print an unlimited amount from these computers free of charge.

All library resources are available from any computer with an internet connection.

Additional help and information
Ask a Librarian
Library databases
Research Help
Subject Librarians
"Reference News" information service
"Govnews" information service

Reference Librarians and staff:

David Bell
David Bell Reference Librarian
Reference Services
dsbell@eiu.edu | 217-581-7547 | 3505 Booth Library | Selected Works
Steve Brantley
Steve Brantley Head of Reference Services
Reference Services
jsbrantley@eiu.edu | 217-581-7542 | 3501 Booth Library | Selected Works
Ann Brownson
Ann Brownson Coordinator of Ballenger Teachers Center and Reference Librarian
Ballenger Teachers Center - Reference Services
aebrownson@eiu.edu | 217-581-6099 | 1224 Booth Library | Selected Works
Janice Derr
Janice Derr Reference Librarian
Reference Services
jmderr@eiu.edu | 217-581-5090 | 1513 Booth Library | Selected Works
Kirstin Duffin
Kirstin Duffin Reference Librarian
Reference Services
kduffin@eiu.edu | 217-581-7550 | 3513 Booth Library | Selected Works
Pamela Ferrell
Pamela Ferrell Reference Librarian
Reference Services
pferrell@eiu.edu | 217-581-7548 | 3509 Booth Library | Selected Works
Sarah Johnson
Sarah Johnson Reference Librarian
Reference Services
sljohnson2@eiu.edu | 217-581-7538 | 1509 Booth Library | Selected Works