Commentaries are a good way to begin studying a passage of the Bible. Many contain information on the historical setting, the writer's intent, and the meaning or interpretation of the book and passage. The library owns several series of commentaries (see below), which come in multiple volumes - usually one for each work.
The newest commentaries are located behind the Reference Desk in Smith Library. Older sets are located in the stacks on the 3rd floor of Smith Library.