Research Help

Need Research Answers?

Just ask--a brief encounter may save you hours! For normal hours, click the schedule link above.

Ask in person at the Research Assistance Desk.


  • Call us: 616-526-6307
  • Chat with a library staff person: Chat is available when the reference desk is staffed. See hours listed below.
  • Text us: 616-214-3355


Reference Service Hours - Summer 2016 (May 23 - September 2)

Basic questions about the library and resources can be answered by the Circulation Staff at the Checkout Desk on 2nd floor. In-depth research questions that require the expertise of a librarian will be handled by our team of librarians. They are readily available on an on-call basis for the summer months.

Contact a librarian during the hours listed below by:

  • Calling us: 616-526-6307; your call will be directed to the main Circulation Desk and they will direct you to a librarian.
  • Email: fill out a form and submit it; a librarian will respond within a couple of hours. (Wait will be longer on the weekends).
  • Chat with a librarian: Click the "Live Chat" button on our website to begin a conversation.
  • Text a librarian: 616-214-3355 during hours listed below. 

Summer Reference Hours (the library is open longer hours):

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday no reference service hours
Sunday library closed



Librarians Group Photo August 2015
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Seated left to right: Francene Lewis, Sarah Kolk, and Katherine Swart. 2nd row: Paul Fields, Lois Dye, Kathy DeMey, and Dean of the Library, David Malone.