• Howard-Tilton Information

    • Floor Maps & Call Number Guides

      Call Number Floor
      A - DA 4
      DB - M 3
      N - QD  2
      QE - Z 1
      Periodicals On Display 3

      Other Locations in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
      Amoss Collection 2nd Floor   Music & Media Center 4th Floor
      CLUE Classrooms 3rd Floor   Music Collection (including Oversize) 3rd Floor
      Interlibrary Loan Office 2nd Floor   Oversize (except Music) 2nd Floor
      The Latin American Library 4th Floor   Research Help Desk 1st Floor
      Microforms & Newspapers 2nd Floor   Spingarn Collection 2nd Floor

      Other Libraries, Collections, and Locations
      Amistad Research Center Tilton Hall   Matas Health Sciences Library Downtown Campus
      Architecture Library Richardson Memorial   Math Library Gibson Hall
      Business Library Goldring Woldenberg   Offsite Depository Ask at Check-Out Desk
      Government Docs Ask at Check-Out Desk   Protective Storage Ask at Check-Out Desk
      Jazz Archive Jones Hall   Rare Books Jones Hall
      Koch Library Stanley Thomas Hall   Southeastern Architectural Archive Jones Hall
      Louisiana Research Collection Jones Hall   University Archives Jones Hall
      Law Library Weinmann Hall   Nadine Vorhoff Library Caroline Richardson Bldg

      First Floor - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - Call Numbers: QE-Z

      Second Floor - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - Call Numbers: N-QD

      Third Floor - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - Call Numbers: DB-M

      Fourth Floor - Howard-Tilton Memorial Library - Call Numbers: A-DA

      Map and Call Number Guide Information

    • Library & Building Policies

      The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a place for learning and scholarly reflection. The library staff and administration strive to provide such a place for all of our users. To this end, library users are asked to follow the policies of the library and the university:

      Library Disaster PlanLibrary Disaster Plan PDF

      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library maintains a disaster plan that lays out procedures for several types of emergencies including but not limited to storm events. This copy of the plan Library Disaster Plan PDF is for the general public; it omits some nonpublic information such as alternate contact info for library personnel, equipment lists, etc. For information about university-wide emergency procedures see Tulane’s Emergency Management homepage.

      Food & Drink Policy

      Food is permitted in the following areas of the library: the basement lounge and in the cafe area across from PJ's. If you must carry food with you -- food that you intend to consume somewhere other than the Library -- please keep it in your backpack or other closed bag while you are in the Library. Drinks should only be in covered cups, spill-proof mugs, or similar containers. No canned beverages or open cups are allowed. Library staff will have final approval over any sort of beverage container allowed in the library and reserve the right to exclude any container for any reason. If you observe a spill, please notify a staff member right away. Thank you for helping to preserve your resources.

      Cell Phone Use

      Many people come to the library to find a quiet place to read and to study. Please respect others' need for quiet and observe these guidelines for cell phone use in the library. Please turn the ringer sound off on your cell phone before entering the building. Please use a quiet voice when answering your cell phone. The library reserves the right to ask patrons to leave the building if they are using cell phones in restricted areas or disturbing others in any area of the library.

      Cell phone use is acceptable in:

      • Learning Commons
      • Elevator lobbies
      • Snack lounge and telephone lobby in the basement

      Cell phone use is prohibited in:

      • All stack areas
      • Reading room areas
      • Study and seminar rooms
      • Library Instruction Room
      • Microforms and Newspapers area
      • Music & Media Center
      • The Latin American Library
      • Service desks

      Computer Use

      Please see the Computing & Printing services section.

      Quiet Study Area

      The library should be a place conducive to study, but its space limitations and lack of study rooms often make it difficult to find a quiet spot to study. Therefore the Selley Study Commons in the 3rd floor stacks area of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has been designated as a quiet study area. Cell phone use is prohibited in this area.

      Patrons should refrain from talking or working in groups on the 3rd floor. Students who wish to work in groups should use the elevator lobbies, the Learning Commons, the snack lounge in the basement, or the designated group study rooms available in the 1st floor stacks area. Library patrons who fail to abide by the quiet study policy will be asked to leave the 3rd floor reading area.

      Patrons whose quiet study is disrupted are strongly encouraged to contact the Check-Out Desk.

      Public Access Policy

      The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is a private library with public access whose primary mission is to serve the students, faculty and staff of Tulane University. Recognizing its value to the greater New Orleans community and its unique resources of broader interest, the Library welcomes visitors and special borrowers. Public access to the Library is not extended to visitors as a surrogate for the general use of public or other academic libraries in the New Orleans area, however. Use of the Library by minors below the age of 14 unaccompanied by an adult is not permitted at any time.

      Services and privileges addressed in this policy include walk-in workshops, reference or point-of-use instruction, interlibrary loan and document delivery, mediated online searching, requests for in-process materials, requests for on-order materials, and recommendations for item purchases. Levels of service are determined through the reference interview and are described below for the Library's user groups.

      Tulane students, faculty, and staff are given priority assistance and are entitled to all services and privileges listed above. Tulane students, faculty and staff affiliated with programs supported by the Tulane libraries of business, law and medicine receive priority assistance and are entitled to all services and privileges except interlibrary loan, document delivery, and mediated online searching. Tulane alumni with alumni borrowing cards are entitled to most services and privileges except interlibrary loan, document delivery, mediated online searching, Microsoft Office and other licensed software, and off-campus access to research databases.

      Visitors and Special Borrowers

      Visitors and special borrowers are welcome to use the Library's General Collections, the Special Collections in Jones Hall, and the Library's Government Documents Depository. "Special borrowers" are those included with the CALL and LALINC programs, other reciprocal borrowers, and those who have purchased special borrower cards.

      All borrowers with Tulane library cards or reciprocal-, alumni-, and special library cards may request in-process and on-order items and may submit recommendations for new purchases.

      For use of the General Collections, visitors and special borrowers may expect basic assistance that includes a brief introduction to searching the local catalog and/or another resource most appropriate to the visitor's needs. For use of the unique materials at Special Collections, visitors and special borrowers may expect basic assistance that includes a brief introduction to searching the local catalog, onsite finding aids, and resources most appropriate to the visitor's needs. More in-depth assistance with Special Collections is available by pre-arrangement or as staff time permits.

      Visitors and special borrowers served by other local libraries are expected to use their home library for in-depth instruction or detailed help with research topics. Visitors and special borrowers are identified through the initial reference interview employed with each library user who requests in-depth assistance. Instructors at other schools should not refer their students to Howard-Tilton for resources and services available at their own institution.

      Lusher High School Students

      Tulane has established a long-term commitment to and partnership with the Lusher Charter School. As part of this partnership, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library works with the librarian and teachers at Lusher high school to offer borrowing privileges and other services to Lusher students in grades 9-12. For details, see the Lusher School Students and Teachers guide .

      International High School of New Orleans Students

      Tulane has established a long-term commitment to and partnership with the International High School of New Orleans. As part of this partnership, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library works with the librarian and teachers at International High School of New Orleans to offer borrowing privileges and other services to International High School of New Orleans students in grades 9-12. For details, see the International High School of New Orleans students and Teachers guide .

      Pre-College Students

      Use of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library by pre-college students, except for Lusher and International High students, is not encouraged. The services and resources of the library are designed for study at the undergraduate level and above and are generally not appropriate for pre-college students. Due to limited resources we are not able to offer borrowing privileges, instructional services, or online database access to pre-college students. Therefore we strongly discourage pre-college students from using the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library for research. Pre-college students are encouraged to work with their school’s librarian to determine appropriate local libraries and other sources of information that are available to them.

      In cases where pre-college students report they have been sent by their teacher to the Library, the name of the teacher will be obtained and the Dean of Libraries will contact the teacher's school. Unannounced visits by a teacher with a group of pre-college students are not allowed.

      Pre-college students are not allowed in the Library during exam periods.

      Lost Items

      Please return any personal items you find in the library to the Check-Out Desk. Valuables will be kept in a safe in the Check-Out area. If the item is labeled with a name or address, we will attempt to contact the owner. Please bring identification to reclaim valuables. Lost Tulane University photo IDs are sent to the Card Services office at Bruff Commons.

      Unclaimed Items

      The library may dispose of items still unclaimed after 30 days. Personal copies of books are sent to the Gifts and Exchange department.  Prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, clothing and other personal items are sent to a charitable organization. Any other items are either recycled or discarded.

      Do not leave your valuables unattended in the library. Label your books and other personal items. Report anything suspicious to the Check-Out Desk staff.

      Confidentiality Policy

      The Tulane University Libraries follow the principles of borrower confidentiality. The staff in Access Services will not divulge any details of a patron's library record to other patrons or agencies unless required to do by law. The library follows the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association. This requires all libraries to protect the patron's right to confidentiality and privacy when using library material.

      Library and Building Policies

    • Gifts

      At the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 cost us not only our basement collections, but also future space for storing collections on the lowest level floors of the main library building and in Jones Hall, which houses the library's Special Collections. The upper floors of both buildings are full, as is the library's offsite storage facility.   

      We welcome valuable donations of material. But with the challenges described above, we need to work with donations carefully.

      What our library accepts:

      • Financial contributions
      • Hardback books in good condition in topical areas that support the curriculum
      • Quality paperbacks in good condition in topical areas that support the curriculum
      • Music compact discs, scores and recordings in current formats
      • Videos and films in stand DVD format

      What our library does not accept:

      • Books of little use in an academic library
      • Damaged or heavily underlined books
      • Commonly collected, incomplete, or short runs of academic journals
      • Current newspapers (except on specialized topics)
      • Inspirational literature
      • Old textbooks (particularly in the sciences)
      • Laboratory and repair manuals
      • Most artifacts (objects)
      • Workbooks
      • Photocopies

      Book Gifts

      Book gifts can be brought directly to the library. Please box books and other materials before bringing them to the library.  For donations with large quantity of books, please contact the appropriate subject bibliographer listed on our Collection Contacts page.

      Any appraisals for determining the value of donated materials is the responsibility of the donor.  Moreover, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules prohibit the library or its employees from providing appraisals.

      The library reserves the right to dispose of gift material not selected for addition to its collections. Disposition may be accomplished through sale to used book vendors or other means.

      For general information about book gifts contact Allyson Brusseau at abrussea@tulane.edu or (504) 865-5693.

      Financial Gifts

      Financial gifts allow the library to purchase materials selected as most needed for the collections. All gifts to the library are considered charitable donations and are tax deductible. If you claim a deduction of more than $5,000 for a non-cash gift, you will need an appraisal. As noted above, the library or its employees cannot provide appraisals under IRS rules. Since tax laws change from time to time, we encourage you to seek advice from a knowledgeable tax consultant about current requirements.

      Major gifts can include bequests made through a will; deferred gifts that provide you or others with a life income and then benefit the library; and outright gifts, such as cash or marketable securities. These major gifts can also add to or create an endowed fund that keeps the principal intact and uses only the income. The library has several endowed funds to which you can contribute; or, we can establish a new endowed fund for a minimum of $20,000 in your name or the name of someone you wish to memorialize. Tulane's Office of Planned Gifts will be happy to discuss such gifts with you. Please contact the Tulane Office of Development by phone (800) 999-0101 or by mail at 3439 Prytania St., Suite 200, New Orleans LA 70115.

      Please send financial gifts to the Dean of Libraries, or donate online. For general information call (504) 865-5131.

      Dean of Libraries
      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
      Tulane University
      New Orleans, LA 70118
      (504) 865-5131

      Giving to Howard-Tilton

    • Visit Us

      The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is located at 7001 Freret Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. The library is near the intersection of Broadway and Freret streets, and a short distance from historic St. Charles Avenue and Audubon Park.


      Currently parking is limited around the library due to construction. There are a few metered spaces located near the library. Exact change is required for the meters. All other parking requires permits on campus from 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guest parking permits are available for purchase at the Public Safety/Traffic Office located in the Diboll Center. The permits cost $5.00 a day. Permits are not required on weekends.

      There are a few handicapped spaces located near the library and permits are required to park in them.

      For more information on parking at Tulane, please refer to the General Parking Information web page or call the parking office at (504) 865-5381.

      Use public transportation to travel to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

      Freret Bus - The Freret bus stops between Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and Jones Hall.

      St. Charles Streetcar - Take the St. Charles streetcar to the Tulane University/Audubon Park stop. Walk through the academic quad between St. Charles Avenue and Freret Street, continue walking under Stern Hall, cross Freret Street at the traffic light crosswalk, turn left. You will pass Fogelman Arena, then pass Jones Hall (where Special Collections are located), and then you will see the construction area for the library. Walk under the covered pedestrian walkway to reach the entrance of the library.

    • Hours & Calendar

      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library 

      Special Collections

    • Job Opportunities

      Full-time Employment

      Student Employment

      • Students interested in employment at the library can fill out an application in the Library Administration office on the second floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
      • Some library jobs for students are posted on College Central Network.
      • Workforce Management Organization has additional information about student employment on campus.

      PDF File Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Core Technology Competencies for Employees February 18, 2015 v.1

      Information about Tulane's employee policies, benefits, and working at Tulane may be found on the Workforce Management Organization site.

      Employment Informaiton

    • Online Forms

    • Library Department Documents

      The Library Department supports the mission of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and assists the Library Administration by providing a framework for shared governance and advocacy of professional interests.

    • Website Information

      Howard-Tilton recently released a new website. You probably have some questions --

      Why the need for a redesigned site?

      People are increasingly viewing websites on mobile devices. The new website features a “responsive design” which allows for an optimal user experience on a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, and desktop computers with large monitors.

      How has the website changed?
      • The main navigation structure has changed to provide clearer segmentation of information. The site’s main navigation consist of 4 main categories: Resources, Libraries & Departments, Services, and About.
      • We consolidated a lot of the information to provide quicker and easier access to content.
      • Menu Dropdowns are omitted and replaced with robust secondary pages. These pages provide uniform listings of information to allow users the ability to view a lot of information in one place. We also provide a Sitemap Navigation structure at the bottom of every page to allow direct access to most of the site’s pages.
      Can I still view the old website?

      The old site is no longer supported and will disappear after the Fall 2014 semester. Until then, you can access the old site at old.library.tulane.edu. For a mapping of some of the links on the old home page to where they can be found on the new home page, please see this handout.

      Leave feedback about the new website.

      Please take a moment to leave feedback about the new design. Thank you.

      Information about our website.
  • Directories

  • Collections Information

    • Collections Contacts

    • Collections Policies

    • General Collections Information

      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is Tulane's main library and its general circulating collections are among the largest in the the Gulf region of the United States.
    • General Selection Guidelines

      The collections of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library support the educational and research programs of Tulane University. Librarians employ the following general criteria when evaluating titles to be added or removed from the collections and when tailoring profiles for approval plans. Particular criteria assume greater or lesser importance depending on the material under consideration, the resources available, the acquisitions commitment level, and the subject matter covered.

    • Hurricane Katrina and the Library's Collections

      In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the basement of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library--an area about the size of a football field--was flooded by more than eight feet of water. The area housed a music library and very large collections of government documents, newspapers, and microforms. Jones Hall across the parking lot houses the library's Special Collections and its basement filled with about four feet of water.

    • Suggest a Purchase

    • Tulane Libraries Off-Site Library Facility

    • Tulane Libraries Recovery Center

      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has created a landmark undertaking called the Tulane Libraries Recovery Center that is a program to handle more than 1 million items from restoration, donations, and initial replacement purchases planned as a means to rebuild collections damaged or lost to Hurricane Katrina—principal research collections in the Louisiana | Gulf Coast region and relied upon by a host of users.