2nd Floor: Reference Area

On the second floor of the library (third floor of Donahue Building), students will find the following services, resources and collections:


Reference Desk

Reference Services are provided on the second floor of the library at the reference desk.  Here you will find reference librarians, who can help you find books and articles.  Reference librarians can work with you one-on-one with your research needs.

The reference librarians want you to feel free to interrupt... They are here to answer your questions!

Need a journal article or want to learn about a particular topic? The library subscribes to over 140 databases - online collections of articles and images.  You may access our online databases from both on and off campus. Go to our journals and databases page. Select a subject or discipline area. Choose a database. If you are on campus, you will now be in the database. If you are off campus, you will need to login first. Follow the instructions on the login page.

Computers in the reference area

Computers in the Reference Area - There are eleven workstations in the reference area of the library.  These are networked to two laser printers (one color and one black and white) located on the other side of the stairwell leading up the reference area.  These computers do not require a login and are for internet access and printing documents.  These computers have Office Viewer. They cannot be used for word processing, spreadsheets, or other applications. If you need to create or edit documents or print the handouts of PowerPoint slides, please use the writing lab - DON 310. During busy times, the writing lab will often be full. There is a general college computer lab in DON 142.  The speakers on all writing lab computers are enabled, but you will need to use a headset, which can be checked out at the circulation desk with a valid ID.

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Catalog Computers

Library Catalog Computers : access the library's online catalog and find books, videos, cds, and more.





Instruction Lab

Instruction/Computer Lab - DON 306The Library Instruction Room was created to support student research needs. The computers in this lab have internet access and Microsoft Office. The room is available whenever the library is open and closes fifteen minutes before the library does. While the room is usually available to all students, it is also used for Library Instruction classes which are taught by one of the librarians or by the faculty themselves.


Writing Lab

Writing Lab - DON 310 - There are ten computers in the lab, with access to Microsoft Office software.  The computers in this lab, like all the computers in the library, operate on a first come first serve basis. This is also a self-serve lab.  There is no I.T. support staff to assist with computer problems or issues. The CAPS Center has staff members, who can help you use Microsoft Office (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access etc) and other programs. 

Group Study Room  

Group Study and Viewing Rooms - There are three group study rooms. Two of them are found within the library instructional room. A larger group study room is found in DON 326 which also has a tv and dvd player for group viewing.

 Periodicals and Deep Quiet Study Room

 Periodicals/Newspapers in print-   The most current issues of printed magazines and journals are kept in DON 301.  Back issues are stored on the 3rd floor. The library receives the Springfield Republican, the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.  Current issues of the newspapers can be found downstairs in the circulation lobby. Back issues are available in DON 301. 

Deep Quiet Study Room (DON 301): The periodical room is also a deep quiet study room. That means there is no typing, eating, or talking in this room.

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 HCC Archives

HCC Archives and Local History Collection  (DON 303) - The Holyoke Community College Archives contains photographs, documents and memorabilia related to the college and its faculty and students from its founding in 1946 to the present.   Available by appointment only.


    Holyoke Community College
    303 Homestead Ave. 
    Holyoke, MA 01040 
    413.552.2372 (Circulation Desk) 
    413.552.2424 (Reference Desk)
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