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Reference and Instruction

The Reference/Education Team plays a key role in fulfilling the library's mission by guiding faculty, staff and students in mastering the skills necessary to navigate, identify, evaluate and interpret information resources.

To that end, the reference and education staff provides point-of-need instruction to classes and to individuals. The staff also selects, organizes and maintains a well-balanced collection of resources in a variety of formats to support the research needs of the Hood community.

Reference Services

The reference desk's friendly and professional staff provides immediate assistance with all phases of the research process, including searching for books, journal articles and reference materials.

First Floor Information Desk Hours: 301-696-3915

  • Monday -Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 2:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Contact a Librarian by Chat or Email
Can't visit us in person? Chat with us instantly during the hours listed above or send an email. We will try to reply to your email within 24 hours. 

Individual Assistance
In addition to help provided at the reference desk, reference librarians are available to meet with individuals to provide in-depth assistance. To schedule a meeting, call 301-696-3915 or email Ask a Librarian.

Library Orientations and Research Skills Sessions

The reference staff provides customized in-class research skills instruction in all subject areas. Both print and electronic resources are presented, with special emphasis placed on database and web searching techniques. Please email the reference department or call 301-696-3915 to discuss scheduling a library instruction session. Please provide at least two weeks lead time to allow the librarian time to customize instruction for your class.