The Reference and Reader Services Department houses all books, serials and other printed and published materials at the Center and manages public service operations in the Library Division.
This department houses and services: the Moorland, the Spingarn, and the African book collections; the newspaper collection on microfilm and in hard copy; the current and retrospective periodicals; an extensive collection of theses and dissertations; the vertical file collection; a unique collection of Howardiana; and the rare books. MRSC materials do not circulate and must be used in the Reading Room. Telephone and mail inquiries are serviced by an experienced staff, and electronic reference inquiries are handled through regular mail. No original materials are provided through Interlibrary Loan.
Several guides and lists are available in the Reading Room to assist researchers in using the collection, including regulations for using the Library Division, information about how to request materials, a list of fees for services, and Center histories in abbreviated and full-length versions.