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Reference Department

The Reference Desk is located on the main level of Geisel Library. Our primary goal is to help Saint Anselm College students, faculty, and staff with their research needs. We are also happy to assist guests, particularly those who are interested in using the Geisel Library collections to do research. Whether you are working on a paper or researching a personal interest, librarians can direct you to the best information resources. You can visit the Reference Desk during the hours of operation listed below, or reach one of the reference librarians below by phone or email.

Reference Librarians
Melinda Malik (603) 656-6200 mmalik
Mimi Guessferd (603) 641-7348 mguessferd
Hannah Lindquist (603) 641-7307 hlindquist
Jean Plotas (603) 641-7306 jplotas
Laura Gricius-West (603) 641-7292 lgriciuswest

Reference Desk Hours
(During the school year * )
Monday–Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

* See Library Hours of Operation


Ask a Librarian

You can contact a reference librarian in any of the following ways:

Call us at the Reference Desk.
The phone number is (603) 641-7306.  If you need to renew library materials or reserve a study room, please contact the Circulation Desk at (603) 641-7300

Text us at the Reference Desk.
Text your question to us at (603) 556-8883. A librarian will be available to answer your texts during the Reference Desk's normal hours of operation (see above). Standard text messaging rates will apply.

Chat with us at the Reference Desk.
A librarian will be available via Chat to answer your questions during the Reference Desk's normal hours of operation (see above). Chat service may not be available during the summer or college recess periods.

Ask a question using our web form.
We will direct your question to the appropriate librarian and respond within a few hours, during regular business hours.

Schedule an individual reference appointment.
The librarian who specializes in your area of research will provide in-depth assistance with finding relevant resources. Sessions may be scheduled for up to 60 minutes and are available to all Saint Anselm College students, faculty, and staff.


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Information Literacy

The Information Literacy program is designed to teach information-seeking skills to all Saint Anselm students, from freshmen to seniors. It promotes student proficiency in how to effectively find, evaluate, and use information, in accordance with clearly-articulated learning objectives. Information literacy instruction may take a variety of forms, including classroom sessions tailored to specific course projects, one-on-one research consultations, and guided hands-on seminars for students in capstone courses. For a detailed description of this program and its objectives, see the Information Literacy Program page.

See our Library Instruction page for information about the various forms of instruction available. To schedule a library instruction class, please contact your department's liaison librarian.


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Interlibrary Loan


The Reference Department offers interlibrary loan services to the Saint Anselm College community.  To access these services online, visit our ILLiad page.  For a detailed description of these services, please see our Interlibrary Loan policy.


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