About

The Music & Media Center boasts the largest academic library circulating collection of sound recordings, film, and other multi-media formats in the state of Louisiana. In support of the diverse learning, teaching, and research needs of Tulane students and faculty, an international selection of popular television series, experimental art film, movies, and documentaries may be found in the video collection while an equally international selection of classical, popular, and international recordings can be found in our audio collection. Although all materials are discoverable via the Library search interface, our friendly staff are available to help you find what you’re looking for.

The Music & Media Center was created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to Katrina, the audio and video materials were held in the Maxwell Music Library along with the circulating music books, scores, and reference materials. With the loss of the basement as viable library space, the circulating music books and scores were integrated with the regular collections on the third floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library while the staff, audio and video materials, and music reference collections were moved to the fourth floor of the Library. Eventually all Music & Media Center staff, audio and video collections, music reference, and circulating music books and scores will be relocated to the sixth floor of the library currently under construction.

Borrowing

Borrowing from the Music & Media Center
Choose your affiliation:

Tulane Undergraduate:
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Media Materials Yes
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 Week; Allowed 3 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 Week; Allowed 5 at a time
Tulane Graduate Student:
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Media Materials Yes
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 Week; Allowed 5 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 Week; Allowed 7 at a time
Tulane Faculty:
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Media Materials Yes
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 2 Weeks; Allowed 5 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 4 Weeks; Allowed 7 at a time
Tulane Staff:
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Media Materials Yes
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 3 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 5 at a time
Tulane Alumni:
Cost of Membership $50 annual fee; Must obtain alumni card from Tulane Alumni Office.
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Materials No
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 3 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 5 at a time
Tulane Library Staff:
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Materials Yes
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 4 weeks; Allowed 5 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 2 weeks; Allowed 7 at a time
Tulane Faculty/Staff Dependents:
Cost of Membership N/A. Need a valid card, issued at Check-Out Desk
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Materials No
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 3 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 5 at a time
Tulane Subscribers:
Cost of Membership $250 annual fee
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Materials No
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 3 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 5 at a time
Lusher & International School Students:
Borrow Reserve Media Materials No
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs No - In-house use only
Borrow Circulating CDs No - In-house use only
CALL Cards:
Cost of Membership N/A. Must have card issued by home library and barcode issued by Check-Out Desk
Number of Media Renewals Allowed 1
Borrow Reserve Media Materials No
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 3 items at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 5 items at a time
LALINC Cards:
Borrow Reserve Media Materials No
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes
TU/LU Cards:
Cost of Membership N/A. Must have card issued by home library and barcode issued by Check-Out Desk
Borrow Reserve Media Materials No
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 3 items at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 5 items at a time
Other Borrowers:
Cost of Membership Card issued by the library
Borrow Reserve Media Materials Yes
Borrow Headphones Yes
Borrow Circulating DVDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 3 at a time
Borrow Circulating CDs Yes - 1 week; Allowed 5 at a time
Returns

Please return all media items to the Music & Media Center. If you can only get to the library after Music & Media Center regular hours, please return your item at the Check Out Desk on the first floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

Fines & Fees

Overdue fines for audio and video materials will accrue at the rates listed below until fines reach $20, at which point the patron is subject to additional fines and fees (see below).

Fine Accrual Rates
Audio .xx¢ per day
Video .xx¢ per day
Headphones $1 per day
Hourly Reserve Audio $1 per hour
Daily Reserve Audio $12 per day
Hourly Reserve Video $1 per hour
Daily Reserve Video $12 per day
Additional fees:
Replacement Fee $49
Processing Fee $15
Renewing

All audio and video materials may be renewed up to one time. You may renew materials online up to one day prior to the item’s due date or via email or telephone.

Borrowing Equipment

Headphones for the viewing stations, listening station, as well as Library and personal laptops may be checked out from the Music & Media Center. Headphones must remain inside Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and should be returned to the Music & Media Center at the end of posted hours for the Music & Media Center.

All audio-visual playback equipment for classroom use may be reserved through Technology Services.

Request an Item for Delivery

Looking for a book or music score located at the Offsite Depository? Complete the online request form. Requested items are retrieved every afternoon, Monday through Friday. Your requested item will be available for pick up from the Check-Out desk on the first floor. You will receive an email notification only if your requested item is not found at the Offsite Depository.

Patrons at Matas Health Sciences Library (Downtown) may request audio and video items for pick up at the Matas circulation desk by selecting the Request option in the catalog and following the prompts.

Appeal Fines

Patrons wishing to question their fines should contact Doug Park. If the problem is not resolved the patron may fill out an appeal form. Appeal forms are available online and at the Check-Out Desk. All appeals forms must be filled out completely and accurately. Please submit any documentation that will help the Appeals Board make its decision.

Media Copyright Guide
Suggest Purchases

The collections in the Music & Media Center are intended to aid in the teaching, learning, and research of Tulane students, faculty, and staff. All Tulane affiliates are welcome to request or recommend a new purchase for the collections by:

Research & Instruction

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Help Yourself

Research and instruction librarians have created several guides to help you succeed in your search for information.

Subject-specific guidance, databases, encyclopedias, and related resources can be found in these Research Guides:

Contact a Librarian

Contact the music & media librarian, lisa Hooper, for question about collections, services, and research in music, dance, and communication studies.

 

Contact a librarian of a different subject specialization.

Request a Research Consultation

Any staff member in the Music & Media Center can help you navigate the search tools to find audio and video materials.

You can schedule a consultation appointment to discuss a research project with the music & media librarian or another librarian subject specialist by:

Research Workshops

Reserves

e-Audio Reserves for Students

Required listening for your class may have been placed on e-audio reserve by your professor. All e-audio reserve materials for your class should be available in your course space in MyGibson.

Please report any problems with e-audio reserves in MyGibson to the Music & Media Center by phone or email.

e-Audio Reserves for Faculty

The Music & Media Center can digitize or import nearly any recording format in the Library collection into a streaming audio file to make available for secure online streaming via course Blackboard pages in accordance with copyright and best practices established by the Music Library Association. E-audio reserve files may only be accessed by registered participants in the class for the duration of the course.

To place a sound recording on e-audio reserve, please complete the e-Audio Reserve Request Form.

Media Reserves for Students

Required viewing for your class may have been placed on media reserve by your professor. Most media reserve materials for your class are available in the Music & Media Center (NB – some foreign language titles may be placed on reserve in the Language Lab in Newcomb Hall).

You will need:

  • Splash Card
  • Call number
If you don’t know the call number of the item you need to view then you will also need:
  • Your professor’s name
  • The title of the item you need to study

 

Items on hourly reserve must be viewed at one of the viewing stations provided in the Library.

Items on daily reserve may be taken out of the library for the approved time period (1 or 3 days).

Media Reserves for Faculty

Faculty may place items in the library collection or in their personal collections on media reserve. Placing films on media reserves ensures your students will have access to recommended and required course viewing throughout the semester. There are two types of media reserves:

  • Hourly (or strict) Reserve: 2, 3, 4, or 5 hours – must be viewed in house
  • Daily Reserve: 1 or 3 days

Regardless of media reserve type, arrangements can be made to allow faculty members to take reserve media items out of the library for longer periods to facilitate teaching.

To begin placing items on Media Reserve, please complete the Media Reserve Request form online or in person in the Music & Media Center.

Due to copyright and additional restrictions imposed by the Digital Millennium Act, we are unable to digitize DVDs for integration in your course Blackboard account at this time.

Media Copyright Guide

Study Spaces

Viewing Stations

The Library is equipped with seven multi-format, multi-region viewing stations to facilitate study and research. Formats that may be viewed at these stations include:

  • DVD
  • VHS
  • Laser Disc

 

Listening Station

There is one listening station located inside the Music & Media Center to facilitate study and research. Formats that may be played on this equipment include:

  • CD
  • Cassette Tape
  • Record

 

Electronic Piano Station

The Music & Media Center is equipped with an electronic piano with sustain pedal. The piano may be used with headphones to assist in the study of music reference materials that may not leave the library. The piano is also connected to a computer with the open source musical notation software MuseScore to facilitate study, research, and research production.

Study Area

The Music & Media Center includes four PC workstations. The computers are equipped with:

  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • Web Browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer
  • Statistical Software: SAS, SPSS (formerly called PASW)

 

To use these computers, you must be a Tulane affiliate with a valid Tulane username and password. For more information on using computers at the library, please review the Computer Use Policy.

 

Hours
Today | Oct 25
10:00am - 5:00pm
Standard Hours M - F | 8:30am - 5:00pm Sat | 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sun | Closed
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Location

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Building
4th
Floor

Address

7001 Freret Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118