Reference works are typically designed to be consulted, rather than read from cover to cover. For this reason, they can't be checked out.
Examples would be encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, and indexes. Use the library catalog to find the call number and location of reference works. You can also find reference works for a particular subject by using our subject guides.
Our most heavily-used reference sources, such as article indexes, are online. You can find these by using the Research page or the subject guides.
The main print reference collection is on the 1st floor, Mountain Side of the UCSB Library, near the Paseo West Entrance. Other reference works are located in the individual collection areas such as Curriculum Resources, Ethnic and Gender Studies, etc.