Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Policy




Chief Bibliographer, Science & Engineering

Librarian Phone

(504) 865-5609

Dept. Chair

Program Description

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collects materials in support of teaching and research in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The department offers a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D., although the emphasis at the graduate level is on doctoral education. The undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The department has about ten full time faculty members and thirty-five graduate students. Areas of emphasis within the department include advanced materials, biomolecular engineering, and novel environmental technologies. Research focuses on nanoscale materials, polymers, composite materials, catalytic materials, and bioinspired materials; gene delivery, cell & tissue culture, and targeted drug delivery; and environmental remediation. The department is also home to TIMES, the Tulane Institute of Macromolecular Engineering and Science.


The collection emphasizes chemical and biomolecular engineering in general as well as areas of emphasis within the department including nanoscale engineering and nanotechnology, polymer engineering and science, composite materials, catalytic materials, bioinspired materials, gene delivery and cellular engineering, cell and tissue culture, targeted drug delivery, and environmental remediation technology.


The library collects monographs, monographic series, reference books, and periodicals, with the main focus being the journal collection. Upper level textbooks are purchased selectively; recent lower-level texts may be accepted as gifts. Textbooks used in current courses are not acquired. Symposium and colloquium proceedings are bought upon request, except for the AIChE Symposium Series, which is part of our American Institute of Chemical Engineers subscription. The library does not generally collect theses or dissertations by authors other than Tulane students, patents, technical reports, standards or specifications. Videorecordings may be purchased upon request of faculty members.


To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured and the image quality is adequate. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for chemical engineering journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text. Other formats are considered, especially when the alternative format would improve access or utility. Most scientific abstracting and indexing sources are available as databases searchable online. The library rarely maintains a subscription to both the print and the database version of an index, although the volumes previous to the existence of the database are always retained.


English is the predominant language of publication, but some foreign language journals are collected at the request of the faculty.

Chronological Period

Emphasis is on current research. Historical material of general interest in chemistry and chemical engineering are collected with the assistance of the deMilt Fund (see below).

Imprint Date

Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years. Items with older imprint dates are considered upon request. Out-of-print materials are sought mostly to replace important works damaged or missing from the collection.

Geographical Considerations

No geographical limitations are applied.

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Circulation Desk.

Supply Sources

Selected publications from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers are received through a subscription package plan. A limited numbers of books are automatically delivered to the library through an approval plan from YBP. Most other books are purchased individually and also through YBP at a discount rate.

Endowed Funds

The Rooney Fund is available for research materials in chemical engineering. The Harrod Memorial Fund is also available to purchase materials in any area of engineering, while the Class of 1902 Fund may be used for books in any area of science. The deMilt Fund is available for materials in the history of chemistry, including materials in the history of chemical engineering.

Selection Tools

Reviews such as those from Choice, from scientific and chemical engineering journals, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students are all sources of possible additions to the collection. The yearly Book Buyers Guide, available from the Journal of Chemical Education, is considered, as are book notices delivered to the library through the YBP Plan.

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