I am modifying this "latent" question that I asked about 2 years ago. For those who have access, you can view the original version. I'm leaving the basic topic, the same, though.
I'm comfortable learning in a Bet Midrash. I can locate most of the "basic" books that I need such as a Chumash, Gemarah and Ramba"m. But the Bet Midrash is filled with loads of other books, many of them commentaries - Shitah Mekubetzet, Rabbeinu Bechayeh, etc. I'm not sure what many of these books are for.
Occasionaly, I find a somewhat "obscure" book mentioned, such as in this M.Y. answer. This is a sample. But, in general, if I saw the title of a book mentioned, and wasn't sure what "category" the book was in, how would I be able to locate this in a Bet Midrash?
View this question from a novice's standpoint. Let's say someone comes into the Bet Midrash late at night and he's pretty much there, alone. He reads the Shulchan Aruch, let's say, and it talks about some other reference that he hasn't heard of. How would he know where to look if there's no directory or catalog?
Is there any book, video or online guide or even a yeshiva that does a basic "Guide to the Bet Midrash" or something like that? What about a Yeshiva or Bet Midrash that has a computer "info database" or an information desk, like most libraries have? If not, I wonder why there isn't. Something like this would be a huge benefit to both novices and experienced people as well. How else would someone become more efficient in his own learning?