Bibliophile’s Book Find : Treasures in the Reference Stacks

Hello FSC community! This is Laura Wilson, Reference Librarian at the Henry Whittemore Library. I have been inspired to share with you some of the treasures that we have in our Reference Room, Room 118 in the library. These are books that have a particular “WOW!” factor, either due to their subject matter, photographs and images, or other reasons. I will update this portion of the blog once each week with a new resource. Let’s get started!

For our first week, the Bibliophile’s Book Find is Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2nd ed, published in Detroit by Gale in 2003. This resource made me loudly whisper “Wow!” in the Reference Room for two main reasons. This encyclopedia has 17 volumes, ranging from “Lower Metazoans and Lesser Deuterostomes” to “Mammals” (plus a separate volume for a cumulative index). Each volume is organized by taxonomy, starting with the simplest forms of life. The organizational structure of this series makes information easy to find. The information covered offers enough detail to be useful for serious research, however, the writing style is surprisingly easy to understand for non-biologists. What I found particularly striking about this series are the beautiful photographs and images included to illustrate the subject matter. This series is fun to browse and great for research, so check it out!

You can find Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia in the Reference Room, Room 118 in the Whittemore Library. The call number is REF QL 7 .G7813 2003 v.1 – v.17

If you have any questions about this or any other resource, contact a Reference Librarian in person, by phone at 508-626-4654, by email at or IM at fscrefdesk. If you would like to suggest a treasure in the library’s Reference Room, please email me at


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