Butter Lamb Reference Library Collection


The Butter Lamb Reference Library (BLRL) contains more than 265 references* and is always expanding. The following is a complete list of the books on the BLRL’s shelves (as of 3/16/2022) arranged by subject. At the end of the list are some supplementary notes. 




Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations 



Glossary of Accounting Language



Facts on File Dictionary of Classical, Biblical, and Literary

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions



Dictionary Of Animal Words and Phrases



Penguin Dictionary of Architecture 



Pictoral Bible Dictionary

Bible Dictionary (Peloubet's) 

Dictionary of the Bible (Mckenzie)

Davis Dictionary of the Bible

Bible Dictionary (Harper Collins)



Webster's Biographical Dictionary


Books and Printing

American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking

Encyclopedia of the Book


Books on References

Chasing the Sun

Alpha to Omega

Brief History of Encyclopedias

Word Origins

Professor and the Madman

The Meaning of Everything

Word By Word

Defining the World



Basic Catholic Dictionary

Catholic Dictionary

Catholic Dictionary

New Concise Catholic Dictionary



Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church  


Dictionary Of Cliches




Construction Dictionary


Critical Theory

Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory




Doomsday Dictionary

Dictionary of Global Culture

Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

Concise Glossary of Cultural Theory 

Dictionary of Bad Manners



Wordsworth Dictionary of Dreams 

Dreamers Dictionary

Dream Dictionary from A to Z

Dream Dictionary



Columbia Encyclopedia 

Columbia Viking Desk Encyclopedia 



Dictionary of Eponyms



Dictionary of Word Origins (Flavell)

Webster's New Explorer Dictionary of Word Origins

NTC's Dictionary of Word Origins

Dictionary of Word Roots And Combining Forms

Dictionary of Word Origins (Shipley)

Concise Dictionary of English Etymology

Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English

Dictionary of Word Origins (Ayto)

Chambers Dictionary of Etymology

Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories

Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins

Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins



Dictionary of Republicanisms 

Faber Dictionary of Euphemism

Rawson's Dictionary of Euphemisms and Other Doubletalk

Doublespeak Dictionary

Devil's Dictionary

Dictionary of Bullshit



The Film Snob's Dictionary 

Dictionary of Film Quotation 



Barron's Dictionary of Financial Investment Terms



Larousse Dictionary of World Folklore

Dictionary of Fairies


Foreign Language

Collins Latin-English Dictionary

Oxford Latin Dictionary

Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations

Cassell's Italian Dictionary

New Cassell's German Dictionary

Dictionary and Grammar of the Eastern Island Language

Dictionary of Foreign Terms



Practical Encyclopedia of Gardening in Dictionary Form



Oxford Dictionary of Geography

MW Geographical Dictionary


General Dictionaries

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1969)

World Book Dictionary (Vol. 1 And 2)

Longman Dictionary of American English

Webster's Third New International Dictionary

Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary

The Volume Library

Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

Reader's Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary: A to Z

Courtis-Watters Illustrated Golden Dictionary for Young Readers

Webster's New World College Dictionary 

Microsoft Encarta College Dictionary

Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language

Webster's Eleventh New Collegiate Dictionary

Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary

Webster's New World Dictionary (Senior Edition)

Reader's Digest Great Encyclopedic Dictionary (vol. 3)

Winston Dictionary (1957)

Dictionary of American Regional English (vol. 1)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

Oxford English Reference Dictionary

Random House Dictionary of the English Language


B.B. New Nuttall's Dictionary

Johnson's Dictionary: A Modern Selection

National Dictionary (1940)

Donohue's Standard New Century (1914)

Webster's Dictionary

New Webster's Dictionary and Roget's Thesaurus

Wordsworth School Dictionary

School and Office Dictionary

Everyday American English Dictionary

Comprehensive Desk Dictionary A-K and L-Z




Dictionary of Graphology



Harper Dictionary of Modern Thought

New Dictionary of Thought

Dictionary of Theories

QPB Dictionary of Ideas




Idiom Savant

Brewer's Dictionary of 20th Century Phrase and Fable

Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

NTC's American Idiom Dictionary



A Compendium of Concepts, Doctrines, Traits, & Beliefs



Oxford Dictionary of Journalism



Klingon Dictionary



Black's Law Dictionary

Law Dictionary



Dictionary of Lexicography



Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics



Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms

Reader's Guide to Literary Terms

Oxford Companion to American Literature

Dictionary of Imaginary Places 

Blake Dictionary

Oxford Guide to British Women Writers 

Reader's Encyclopedia

Dictionary of Fictional Characters



Universal Encyclopedia of Mathematics



Mosby's Medical & Nursing Dictionary

Duncan's Dictionary for Nurses

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Pocket Medical Dictionary

Stedman's Medical Dictionary

Blakiston's New Gould Medical Dictionary

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary

American Illustrated Medical Dictionary

Medical Dictionary and Health Manual



The Browser's Book of Beginnings

A Book about a Thousand Things

Dictionary of Misinformation

Myth Information



The Rock Snob's Dictionary

Music Theory Dictionary

Concise Oxford Dictionary of opera

Lectionary of Music

Harvard Dictionary of Music

Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians



Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Religion, Literature, and

The Dictionary of World Myth

Penguin Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Dictionary of Mythology



Name Dictionary



Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework


Old West

Dictionary of the Old West



Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion

New Dictionary of Existentialism

Oxford Companion to Philosophy

A Dictionary of Existentialism

Philosophical Dictionary (Voltaire)

A Dictionary of Philosophy (Flew)

A Dictionary of Philosophy (Lacey)

Philosophical Dictionary (Bunge)

Philosophy (Angeles)

Dictionary of Political Thought 



Focal Encyclopedia of Photography



Dictionary of Proverbs (Flavell)

Random House Dictionary of Proverbs 

Penguin Dictionary of Proverbs



Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychology

Oxford Dictionary of Psychology 

Psychiatric Dictionary

Freud Dictionary of Psychanalysis



Bloomsbury Treasury of Quotations



Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths

Dictionary of Saints

Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions

Penguin Dictionary of Religions

Oxford Dictionary of Popes 

Watkins Dictionary of Religions and Secular Faiths

Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature

Encyclopedia of Hell




Complete Rhyming Dictionary  (Wood)

Capricorn Rhyming Dictionary



Science Class You Wish You Had

Dictionary of Scientific Literacy

Dictionary of Science and Creationism

Dictionary of Natural Resources

Dictionary of Forestry

Penguin Dictionary of Biology 



Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary


Sign Language

Signed English Dictionary



Wilsstch's Dictionary of Similes

Similes Dictionary



Dictionary of Americanisms

A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

American Slang

Thesaurus of Slang

The Slang of Sin



Penguin Dictionary of Sociology

Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology


Social Reform

Dictionary of American Social Reform 


Special Dictionaries

Descriptionary: A Thematic Dictionary

Reverse Dictionary

Webster's Dictionary Game 

Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary



How Did It Begin?

Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions 



Mammoth Dictionary of Symbols

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art

Herder Symbol Dictionary

A Dictionary of Symbols (Cirlot) 

Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols

Dictionary of Symbols (Penguin)

Dictionary of Symbolism

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols




Roget's Thesaurus

Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus 

Synonym Finder

Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms

Comprehensive Word Guide

Thinker's Thesaurus

Crabb's English Synonyms



Robotics Sourcebook and Dictionary 

The Way Things Work: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Technology



Dictionary of Modern English Usage

Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

Webster's Dictionary of English Usage


Visual Dictionary

Ultimate Visual Dictionary



Dr. Johnson's Reliquary of Rediscovered Words

Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words

One-letter Words 

International Dictionary of Obscenity

Heavens to Betsy 

Wicked Words

Dictionary of Uncommon Words

Dictionary of Obsolete English

The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate

When Is a Pig a Hog

There's a Word for It

The Word Lover's Dictionary

The Descriptionary of Confusable Words

Dictionary of Problem Words and Expressions

F Word


Writing Reference

Elements of Style

Writer's Reference 





Use of the word “references” here refers to general dictionaries, subject-area dictionaries, subject-area encyclopedias, and thesauri. I’ve also included some books on references that provide information on the development of dictionaries over the centuries and provide context on the various approaches to and trends in lexicography displayed in the BLRL’s collection. 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 guides, how-to books, field guides, and the like.