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About Us

The Literatures and Languages Library is dedicated to North American and European literature and languages worldwide from Classical Antiquity to the present, cinema studies, classical studies, comparative and world literature, translation studies, and linguistics.  The Library acquires print and electronic materials in these disciplinary areas; offers reference and research assistance in person, via email, and through online tools; provides individual and group instruction; and engages in outreach to the campus and local community. The unit is the primary library for the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and the Department of English.

The Literatures and Languages Library is located in room 200, the Reading Room, of the Main Library. The Reading Room features a circulation desk, 40 long tables for studying, two exhibit cases, and Renaissance printers’ trademarks in the windows.  Room 225 houses the Classics Library Collection and features small tables for studying and Classical busts. Both spaces are for quiet study only.

The Literatures and Languages Library boasts rich and deep collections. Core collections for modern literature, cinema studies, linguistics, and translation studies are  along the walls and free-standing shelves in the south end of the Reading Room. Recent additions are located on the New Books shelves on the west wall by the main entrance. The reference collection is in the north end; print journals are in the south end. Core collections for Classical Studies are in room 225 . The reference collection is at the west end. The circulating collection is at the east end. New books and print journals are located between 225G and 225I. The bulk of the Literatures and Languages Library’s holdings are in the Main Stacks or  Oak Street Library Facility.

The Literatures and Languages Library offers a broad range of digital resources, including databases, electronic books, and online journals.