The Literatures and Languages Library is dedicated the study and teaching of the literatures and languages of North and South America, Western Europe, the British Commonwealth, and Franco- and Luso-phone Africa in English, Germanic and Romance languages as well as cinema studies, early theatre, comparative and world literature, translation studies and linguistics. The Library acquires print and electronic materials in these disciplinary areas; offers reference assistance in person, via email, and through electronic chat; provides individual and group instruction; and engages in outreach to the local community. The unit serves as the primary library for the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics; the Department of English; and Cinema Studies.
The Literatures and Languages Library is located in rooms 200 South Library (at the south end of the Main Reference Reading Room) and 200D (reference collection), and features a meeting room, four public computer terminals, and a number of tables and chairs, all conducive to scholarly inquiry, collaboration, and study. The Library's rich collections are located in several places: Core collections are housed in the Literatures and Languages Library, and the bulk of the collections are in the Main Stacks. Heavily used reference works are in the Main Reference Reading Room in 200 Library. Older and lesser used reference works are in the Retrospective Reference collection on the fifth floor of the Main Stacks. Older and lesser used items are in the Oak Street Library Facility.
The physical library is complemented by a broad range of digital resources, including databases, reference works, e-books, and e-journals, available though Online Journals & Databases.