Contact Information‌

Reference Desk: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2178 /

Reference Librarians:

Christina McGowan, Assistant University Librarian of Reference & Circulation Services
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2465 /

Elise Bochinski, Access Services Librarian & University Archivist
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2892 /

Brooke Duffy, Reference and Instruction Librarian
(203) 254-4000 ext. 4206 /

Curtis Ferree, Senior Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2185 /

Jacalyn Kremer, Head of Library Academic Partnerships & Assessment
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2587 /

Dominic LaFlamme, Sr. Reference Librarian & Instruction Coordinator
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2138 /

Jenna Barry, Interim Reference & Instruction
(203) 254-4000 ext. 3459 /

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About the Reference Department

lib_refdeskThe Reference Department of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library consists of full-time and part-time librarians coming from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, all dedicated to the primary function of helping the University's students, faculty, and staff find the information they need. The Reference Desk, where most of the librarians can be found at some point each day, is located on the Main Floor, near the entrance. Here, one can ask questions, begin or review your research, schedule appointments, or request assistance with the use of any research tool, from books to computers. While Fairfield University is a private institution, the Library and most of its services are open to the public.

Part-time Reference Librarians work at Fairfield University at various times, although mostly evenings and weekends. Most are librarians for other organizations when they're not here. They bring a wealth of information from fields as diverse as corporate and business to elementary education.

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Reference Desk Hours

The Reference Desk is staffed most of the hours that the Library is open (see Library Hours).

Reference hours during the spring and fall semesters are:


9 a.m.-10 p.m.


9 a.m.-9 p.m.


10 a.m.-6 p.m.


11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Hours during holidays, summer sessions, and between semesters may vary and are posted at the Desk.

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Reference Service

Reference service can be obtained in-person at the hours listed above and by telephone during the same hours by calling (203) 254-4000 ext. 2178; priority is given to those in-person. In addition, reference questions can be asked via e-mail, via IM, or via online chat. In addition, individual research appoinment may be arranged with reference librarians. See the Ask a Librarian page for more details.

Consult Library Reference Policies for additional information.

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