More than 700,000 volumes and thousands of linear ft of achival material from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collections are housed at the library's off-site storage facility at 900 South Jefferson Davis Parkway about two miles north of Tulane's uptown campus. The off-site facility was housed the Tulane Libraries Recovery Center that was used to process and temporarily store restored or replacment collections after Hurricane Katrina. Archival material from the library's special collections stored at the facility include manuscripts from its Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC), historic architectural drawings from Southeastern Architectural Archive, and newspapers from the Latin American Library.
The Tulane Off-Site Library Facility was opened in 2003. Circulating materials housed off-site are listed in the library's online catalog and a courier makes a daily run in each weekday that ensures 24-hour turn around on off-site requests, excluding weekends. Users make these requests using the convenient Off-site Materials Request Form .
On its own the off-site facility would be considered a large library and it is indeed the third largest in Louisiana. It also respresents a wonderful collection: comparative collection analysis has shown that nearly 60 percent of its holdings are unique among the largest research libraries in the Southeastern United States that also maintain storage facilities for unique, older, or less used library materials.
The Tulane Libraries Recovery Center was located in a 14,000 square foot corner of the off-site facility and the center hosted a multifaceted series of programs that was organized to handle more than 1 million items from restoration, donations, and initial replacement purchases that were the library's means to rebuild collections damaged or lost after Hurricane Katrina.