Reference Services 

Reference Services 

Reference Librarians are trained professionals who help library users with their information and research needs. That's why we are here!

We can:

  • Help you locate information and resources,
  • Guide you through the research process,
  • Teach you how to use the various online periodical databases, catalogs, and the web.

You can get in touch with us a number of ways. There are Reference Desks at both the Rivera and Science Libraries where a Reference Librarian is on duty most times during the day. The Reference Desk is open 9 am to 8 pm most days--service hours vary by library, and the exact listing of Reference desk hours is here.

When the Reference Desk is closed you can easily get in touch with us have a number of different ways -- see the list on the right!

Consult With A Librarian

Make an appointment with a reference librarian for in-depth, personalized research assistance! Appointments are generally scheduled Monday - Friday, 9 - 5. To make an appointment, stop by the Reference Desks, give us a call, or contact us via email. Or simply use the Reference By Appointment Form:



Telephone You may also call us if you prefer us helping you over the phone. Our area code is 951.

  • Rivera Library: 827-4392
  • Orbach Science Library: 827-3316
  • Music Library: 827-3137
  • Special Collections: 827-3233


MouseChat with librarians through our "Ask a Librarian" UC-wide chat service. It's located on the left side of this webpage. More info..

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Email Send questions via email. We guarantee a response within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.


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Last modified: 9/8/2014 4:30 PM by A. Dolan-Mescal

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