The BLRL’s Collection


The Butter Lamb Reference Library (BLRL) contains more than 200 references* and is always expanding. The following is a complete list (arranged alphabetically by title) of the books on the BLRL’s shelves as of 2/4/2019.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
A Blake Dictionary (Damon)
A Book about a Thousand Things (Stimpson)
A Dictionary of Graphology
Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions
American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking (Gale)
American Heritage Dictionary (1969)
American Slang (Chapman)
Basic Catholic Dictionary (Lowery)
Bible Dictionary (Powell)
Black’s Law Dictionary (7th Ed.)
Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology
Bloomsbury Treasury of Quotations
Brewer’s Dictionary of Twentieth Century Phrase and Fable
     Clichés (Kirkpatrick)
Browser’s Book of Beginnings: Origins of Everything Under, and
     Including, the Sun (Panati)
Columbia Encyclopedia (Unabridged)
Columbia-Viking Desk Encyclopedia (1953)
Comprehensive Signed English Dictionary
Construction Dictionary (National Assn. Women in Construction)
Concise Dictionary of Existentialism (Winn)
Concise Glossary of Cultural Theory (Brooker)
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera
Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols (Becker)
Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature
     (McClintock and Strong)^
Davis Dictionary of the Bible

Devil’s Dictionary, Enlarged (Bierce)
Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths (Gaskell)
Dictionary of American Regional English (vol. 1)
Dictionary of American Social Reform (Filler)
Dictionary of Bullshit: A Lexicon of Corporate and Office Speak (Law)
Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Religion, Literature, and Art (Seyffert)
Dictionary of Cliches (Rogers)
Dictionary of Confusing Words
Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (Hirsch Ed.)
Dictionary of English Etymology (Skeat)
Dictionary of Eponyms (Beeching)
Dictionary of Fictional Characters (Seymour-Smith)
Dictionary of Film Quotations (Crawley)
Dictionary of Finance and Investment Terms (Downes/Goodman)
Dictionary of Foreign Terms, 2nd ed. (Berlitz)
Dictionary of Forestry (Helms)
Dictionary of Global Culture (Appiah, Ed.)
Dictionary of Imaginary Places (Manguel, Ed.)
Dictionary of Misinformation (Burman)
Dictionary of Modern English Usage (Fowler)
Dictionary of Modern Warfare (Luttwak and Koehl)
Dictionary of Natural Resources Management (Dunster)
Dictionary of Philosophy (Angeles)
Dictionary of Philosophy (Voltaire)
Dictionary of Philosophy (Flew)
Dictionary of Philosophy (Lacey)
Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion (Reese)
Dictionary of Problem Words and Expressions (Shaw)
Dictionary of Republicanisms
Dictionary of Science and Creationism (Ecker)
Dictionary of Scientific Literacy (Brennan)
Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (Partridge)

Dictionary of Symbols (Cirlot)
Dictionary of Symbolism (Biedermann)
Dictionary of the Old West (Watts)
Dictionary of Theories (Bothamley)
Dictionary of Uncommon Words (Urdang)
Dictionary of Word Origins (Ayto)
Dictionary of Word Origins (Shipley)
Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms (Borror)
Doublespeak Dictionary (Lambdin)
Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 27th Ed.
Dream Dictionary (Crisp)
Dream Dictionary from A to Z (Cheung)
Dreamer’s Dictionary (Robinson & Corbett)
Duncan’s Dictionary for Nurses
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology (Harre)
Encyclopedia of Hell (Scott)
Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians (Parkhurst)
English Synonyms (Crabb)
Faber Dictionary of Euphemisms
Facts on File Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary (McCutcheon)
Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins (Hendrickson)
Film Snob’s Dictionary
Glossary of Accounting Language (Running Press)
Harvard Dictionary of Music (Apel)
Herder Symbol Dictionary
How Did It Begin? (Branch)
Idiom Savant (Dunn)
International Dictionary of Obscenities
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols
Isms: A Compendium of Concepts, Doctrines, Traits and Beliefs
Johnson’s Dictionary: A Modern Selection (McAdams)
Klingon Dictionary, The (Okrand)
Law Dictionary (Giffs)
Larouse Dictionary of World Folklore
Lectionary of Music (Slonimsky)
Mammoth Dictionary of Symbols (Julien)
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Ed.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions
Merriam-Webster’s Geographical Dictionary
Merriam-Webster’s New Book of Word Histories**
Music Theory Dictionary (Lee)
Myth Information (Varasdi)
National Dictionary (1940)
Name Dictionary (Kolatch)
New American Medical Dictionary and Health Manual (Rothenberg)
New Dictionary of Existentialism (Nauman, Jr.)
New Dictionary of Thoughts (Edwards)
New Webster’s Dictionary
New Webster’s Speller
New York Times Public Library Science Desk Reference
NTC’s Dictionary of Word Origins
NTC’s American Idioms Dictionary
Official CB Dictionary
One Letter Words: A Dictionary (Conley)Oxford Book of American Literary Anecdotes
Oxford Companion to American Literature
Oxford Companion to Philosophy (Honderich)
Oxford Dictionary of the Catholic Church
Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar
Oxford Dictionary of Geography
Oxford Dictionary of Journalism
Oxford Dictionary of Latin
Oxford Dictionary of Psychology
Oxford Dictionary of Saints
Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories
Oxford English Dictionary (Compact Ed.)^
(Shorter) Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Reference Dictionary
Oxford Guide to British Women Writers
Oxford New French Dictionary
Penguin Dictionary of Architecture
Penguin Dictionary of Biology
Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology
Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms
Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs
Penguin Dictionary of Religions
Penguin Dictionary of Sociology
Philosophical Dictionary (Bunge)
Pocket Medical Dictionary (Blakiston)
Poet’s Dictionary, The (Packard)
Practical Encyclopedia of Gardening in Dictionary Form
Psychiatric Dictionary 6th ed. (Campbell)
QPB Dictionary of Ideas (Norton)
Random House Dictionary (Unabridged)
Rawson’s Dictionary of Euphemism and Other Doubletalk
Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary
Reader’s Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary: Volume III (the arts)
Reader’s Encyclopedia, Third Edition (Benet)
Reader’s Guide to Literary Terms (Beckson)
Reverse Dictionary (T. Bernstein)
Rock Snob’s Dictionary
Roget’s Thesaurus
Science Class You Wish You Had, The (Brody)
Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary (Vol.1)
Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English (Partridge)
Slang of Sin (Dazell)
Synonym Finder (Rodale)
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
There’s a Word For It (Elster)
Thesaurus of Slang (Lewin)
Thinker’s Thesaurus, The (Meltzer)
Way Things Work, The (Vol. 1): An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Technology
      (Simon and Schuster)
Ultimate Visual Dictionary (Dorling, Kindersley)
University of Chicago Spanish to English Dictionary
Universal Encyclopedia of Mathematics
Volume Library
Webster’s Biographical Dictionary
Watkins Dictionary of Dreams (2007)
Webster’s Compact School and Office Dictionary (1989)
Webster’s Crossword Puzzle Dictionary
Webster’s Dictionary (1971)
Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage
Webster’s Instant Word Guide
Webster’s New Explorer Dictionary of Word Origins**
Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language (1966)
Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, Everyday
     Encyclopedic Edition (1967)
Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary (Barnes & Noble)
Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary (Dorset & Barber)
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Ed. (2004)
Webster’s School and Office Dictionary (1914)
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary
Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms
Websterisms: A Collection of Words and Definitions Set Forth By
     the Founding Father of American English (Schulman)
Wicked Words (Rawson)
Winston Dictionary, The
Word Lover’s Dictionary (Heifetz)
Wordsworth School Dictionary (Ed. Schwarz)

World Book Dictionary (1988)^



* Use of the word references here refers to general dictionaries, subject-area dictionaries, subject-area encyclopedias, and thesauri. It does not include a significant number of other volumes in the BLRL’s holdings that straddle the “line” between non-fiction and reference, such as writing/usage guides, how-to books, field guides, and the like.

** Despite their different titles, these two books are the same

^ Indicates multiple volumes