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LibGuide for the LIU Post Library Reference Department.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

In accordance with the mission of Long Island University and LIU Post, the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library supports and expands the educational and research capabilities of LIU Post, providing the highest level of instruction, services, resources, and facilities. As the intellectual center of the campus, the Library prepares LIU Post students for academic success, for lifelong learning, and for being responsible global citizens.

The Library strives to:

Ensure that every LIU Post student achieves information literacy, developing the research skills to find information and the judgment to evaluate and utilize it effectively

Provide students with instructional experiences of the highest quality, whether in individual, group, classroom, or virtual environments

Continuously assess and improve the Library's technology, infrastructure, and informational resources as a vital and dynamic part of the learning programs of the Campus

Provide convenient and effective access to information

Promote interaction and collaboration with campus departments and with university libraries

Recruit, encourage, and develop an innovative and qualified staff who shares its expertise with the LIU Post community

Maintain a safe, healthful, and comfortable physical environment conducive to the pursuit of knowledge and the exchange of ideas

The Library subscribes to the American Library Association's "Library Bill of Rights."

Reference Department

The Reference Department is a good place to start your search for information.

The Reference Librarians can suggest sources of information and research strategies, which may help you in your work. They will assist you in using the library's online catalog, show you relevant publications in the Reference Department, and suggest other areas of the library that are likely to contain resources useful to you.

The Reference Department houses many different types of publications, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, directories, atlases, statistical compilations, bibliographies, and a fairly extensive collection of legal sources including cases and statutes.

The Reference Librarians compile subject bibliographies and other instructional publications as well as internet sites that are useful for research. Many services are offered through the Reference Department such as interlibrary loan, database searching, electronic reference service, and instruction on using campus-wide databases or the internet.