The Main Library's second floor houses
nonfiction books, magazines, newspapers and reference services.
Knowledgeable Reference &
Information Services staff uses the largest reference materials
collection in northeastern Minnesota to provide information and
answers to questions in the Library, over the telephone and by
resources, CDs, microforms and the Internet supplement the
Reference materials may be used
within the Library, but are not available to check out.
The nonfiction collection includes
cookbooks, biographies, repair manuals, travel guides, resume
information, business and investment handbooks, computer and
Internet guides, art, music, poetry, and sports, as well as books
on many other interesting and useful topics.Books on consumer
information, collectibles, careers, civil service and military
tests, and Christmas can be found in separately-shelved collections.
The Library tries to maintain
a collection of nonfiction which serves the community's needs
for informational and recreational reading. For recent titles,
requests for purchase from
the public are welcome. (See How are books bought for the Library?) Older titles
may be requested through the Interlibrary
There are nonfiction
titles in the Book
Club in a Bag
collection (10 copies of a single title along accompanied by
a study guide with discussion questions and background information
about the book and author). The Book Club in a Bag kits are shelved
in the Fiction/Media area. There are also Book Club in a Bag
kits for kids and teens in Youth Services.
Science and Nature
then press 5
Ask a Librarian - or email your question.
week in the online book clubs:
(click on the cover for
more info on each title)
this area, look for:
- Reference Collection
This comprehensive collection consists of both print and online
encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, directories and reference
books covering a wide range of subject matter.
- Duluth & Minnesota Collections
Center Cooperating Collection
The Foundation Center
Cooperating Collection is one of a network of more than 425 collections
associated with the Foundation
Center, an independent national service organization in New
York City. The collection contains print and online resources
providing information on foundation and corporate giving and
proposal writing for nonprofit organizations. The Foundation
Directory Online is available only at the Main Library. While
most of the resources may not be checked out of the Library,
information may be copied or printed for ten cents per page.
Users do their own research, although librarians are available
to offer initial directional assistance.
The Main Library has
over 450 magazine subscriptions, and has additional older magazine
back issues. In most cases, the current issue is for use only
in the Library but copies from the previous 12 months may be
checked out for two weeks. Most of these back issues can be found
by raising the metal shelf where the current plastic-covered
issue is shelved. No more than 3 issues of a title may be checked
out at one time, and there is a total limit of 20 magazines checked
out at one time.
Magazines for children, teens and parents or teachers may be
found in Youth Services.
The Library has many magazine indexes in both paper and online
form. The electronic indexes often provide full-text articles.
Access to many of the indexes is available to users with Duluth
Public Library or Arrowhead Library cards. In addition, the Library
can almost always obtain a copy of specific articles through
The Library owns topographic
maps from the U.S. Geological Survey for Minnesota and Wisconsin
in the 1:24,000 scale and maps for the entire United States and
a small section of Canada in the 1:250,000 scale. We also have
charts of the Great Lakes and a wide variety of other local and
regional maps and atlases, both current and historical. In addition,
there is a collection of folded maps covering most parts of the
world. Topographic maps of the 1:24,000 scale, folded maps and
atlases from the nonfiction collection may be checked out.
resources and services:
for Nonfiction Readers