Our general reference collection is located directly across from the Circulation Desk. Reference books remain in the library and are not checked out. Photocopying is available. Reference books are listed in the catalog by subject and books shelved in the Reference collection are indicated by the letter R above their call number.
The most frequently used reference topics and titles include:
- Career section
- career guides
- academic and licensing test booklets
- college and scholarship information
- Consumer Reports Buying Guides
- Encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases
- English and foreign language dictionaries
- Local and Michigan telephone books
- NADA Official Used Car Guide
- US zip code and Canadian postal code directories
Among other topics included in the Reference section are Antiques, Automotive Repair, Biography, Business, and Medicine.
High demand references such as Physician’s Desk Reference and the latest Polk City Directory are located at the Circulation Desk. Earlier city directories are in the Judge Joseph H. Steere Room. 1889-1935 volumes are on microfilm and more recent as books.
The Judge Joseph H. Steere Room collection includes historical Polk City Directories, local histories, books by Michigan authors, and other resources of historical significance.
Files that include pamphlets, articles, and maps, on general subjects are in cabinets in the Reference area. A separate section is for Sault Sainte Marie and Michigan subjects. The Judge Joseph H. Steere Room houses vertical files on historical subjects.
A collection of photographs is located in locked vertical files in the Steere Room. Some of the photos may be viewed on-line through the Upper Peninsula Digitization Center Collections . The Gordon T. Daun Collection of historic photos of Sault Sainte Marie is available for limited viewing by appointment through the Reference Librarian. See the History and Genealogy section for more information.