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Research Help

Research and Reference Assistance

We offer reference and research help in-person at the Research Assistance Desk, on the main (2nd) floor, Monday through Friday. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 9am to 10pm and Friday, 9am to 4:30pm.

In addition to meeting with us at the Research Assistance Desk, you can:

  • Chat with a librarian or student research assistant (on the library homepage)
  • Text us: 616-214-3355
  • Call us: 616-526-6307

And anytime, you can:

And you're always welcome to check out our Get Connected! guide, which gives an orientation to the library's services and resources for both on-campus and distance students.


Research and Reference Assistance - Summer 2022

This summer, beginning on May 2, Hekman librarians will be available to help you with research, both basic and advanced. 

Please contact us to request appointments and use our email reference for questions that can wait a few hours.

You can also contact us by using our online chat when it is active on the library homepage.

  • For the summer, online chat will be available Monday-Friday, 12pm-4pm.

If chat is not active, please text us anytime at the number provided on our homepage (616-214-3355), and a librarian will respond when we are on chat again.

You can also use these resources to get your questions answered:

The library is open to the public. We do not require masks to be worn; that is up to each guest's discretion. However, this may change at any time, so watch the Calvin COVID response page for details. 



Librarians Group Photo June 2021
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Left to right, back row: Francene Lewis, David Malone (Library Dean), Katherine Swart;
Front row: Anne Harrison, Amanda Matthysse, Kathy DeMey, Sarah Kolk