• Howard-Tilton Information

    • Call Number Locations

      Call Number Floor
      A - BF 5
      BH - DA 4
      DB - LT 3
      M - NX 6
      P - PF 3
      PG - QD  2
      QE - Z 1

      Other Locations in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
      Amoss Collection 2nd Floor   Media Services 6th Floor
      CLUE Classrooms 3rd Floor   Music Collection (including Oversize) 6th Floor
      Interlibrary Loan Office 3rd Floor   Oversize (except Music and N call numbers) 2nd Floor
      Government Docs 5th Floor   Rare Books 6th Floor
      The Latin American Library 4th Floor   Research Help Desk 1st Floor
      Microforms & Newspapers 6th Floor   Knowledge Lab 2nd Floor

      Other Libraries, Collections, and Locations
      Amistad Research Center Tilton Hall   Matas Health Sciences Library Downtown Campus
            Math Library Gibson Hall
      Business Library Goldring Woldenberg   Offsite Depository Ask at Check-Out Desk
      Jazz Archive Jones Hall   Protective Storage Ask at Check-Out Desk
      Louisiana Research Collection Jones Hall   Southeastern Architectural Archive Jones Hall
      Law Library Weinmann Hall   University Archives Jones Hall
            Nadine Vorhoff Library The Commons 3rd Fl

      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 Code of Conduct

      Late-Night Access Policy

      To ensure the safety of students and staff, late-night access to the library is limited.

      • At 7:00 PM each night, access to the library will be limited to active Tulane affiliates. Only a Tulane ID will be accepted for entry after 7:00 PM. 
      • In accordance with the University’s plan for Returning to Campus, Tulane Libraries will be accessible to current Tulane University affiliates only. While we regret that we cannot welcome everyone in person, we look forward to seeing you sometime in the near future.
      • A security officer will be stationed at the entrance security desk to assist with any problems, answer questions, and monitor security cameras.

      Frequently Asked Questions about this policy

      • What other security measures are in place at the library?

      There are security cameras installed on every floor of the library that operate 24/7 and record everything in their lines of sight.  They are networked and can be viewed remotely by the Tulane police.  Tulane security officers patrol the building in the evening hours (in addition to the monitor at the entrance). Security is everyone’s concern.  If you observe unusual, threatening, or unsettling behavior in the library, please call TUPD (at 504-865-5911) and/or notify library staff on the first floor of the building.

      • Does this change affect other Tulane libraries?

      No, this policy applies only to Howard-Tilton.  Other campus libraries will continue to have their own hours of operation and access policies.  See our web site (library.tulane.edu) for further details.

      • I am a Tulane student and left my ID in my room.  Will you still let me in?

      You can still access the library prior to 7:00 PM without any form of ID.  After 7:00 PM, if you do not have your Tulane ID, you will need to present a picture ID (such as a driver’s license) to the security guard at the front desk. That guard will then check to verify that you are a current student, and then allow you into the library.

      • I have a guest who is not a Tulane affiliate but comes with me to the library.  Can they still get in?

      In accordance with the University’s plan for Returning to Campus, Tulane Libraries will be accessible to current Tulane University affiliates only. While we regret that we cannot welcome visitors, we look forward to their visit sometime in the near future.

      Library Disaster Plan

      2020 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

      Due to COVID-19 and the university mandate to wear a mask at all times, no food and drink are allowed in the library.

      Library Signage Policy

      Signs and flyers for campus events and activities not directly affiliated with H-TML can be posted on the large bulletin board in the student lounge in the basement. All other bulletin boards, including those in the elevator lobbies, are reserved for library affiliated events. No signage should be put in the restrooms, elevators, stair wells, or study areas. Any signage not adhering to this policy is subject to removal. Signage for past events is also subject to removal.

      In rare situations, the library may partner with other campus organizations and approve signage that promotes campus-wide resources or services. Organizations will need to work with a library affiliate to submit their request in writing to the Dean’s Office.

      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 off on your phone before entering the building. Please use a quiet voice when answering your phone. The library reserves the right to ask patrons to leave the building if they are using 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 - 3rd Floor Study Commons

      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. 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 and patrons should refrain from talking and working in groups.

      Students who wish to work in groups should use the elevator lobbies, the Learning Commons, or the snack lounge in the basement. 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.

      Note - while the upper floors are generally considered quieter floors, only the 3rd floor Study Commons is designated the Quiet Study Area.  Please be aware of ans sesitive to the study needs of those around you.

      602 Classroom Use Policy

      Due to the need for social distancing, Room 602 is unavailable for meeting space during the 2020 fall semester.

      Public Access Policy

      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 and on-order materials
      • Recommendations for item purchases
      • MS Office and other licensed software on library computers
      • Off-campus access to research databases
      • 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, Special Borrowers, Lusher High School and International High School Students, and Pre-College Students

      In accordance with the University’s plan for Returning to Campus, Tulane Libraries will be accessible to current Tulane University affiliates only. While we regret that we cannot welcome everyone in person, we look forward to seeing you sometime in the near future.  If you have questions please contact our Circulation Department at circ@tulane.edu or 504-865-5689.

      Lost and Found

      Please return any personal items you find in the library to the Check-Out Desk. Valuables will immediately be given to the Tulane Police Department (504-865-5381).   Lost Tulane University photo IDs are sent to Card Services (504-865-5629).

      The library may dispose of all items unclaimed after 30 days.

      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

    • Vision, Mission, Values, & Strategic Pillars


      Inspiring inquiry, enabling creativity, enriching minds.


      Through welcoming spaces, expert staff, and a broad array of services and resources, Tulane University Libraries support and enrich the teaching, research, and outreach missions of Tulane University.  Crossing borders both disciplinary and geographic, we help convene a community of teachers and learners for the conversations that lie at the heart of a great research university.


      Tulane University Libraries embrace and embody the following values:

      • Reducing barriers to information and improving access for all users.
      • Respecting a broad array of ideas, perspectives, and modes of inquiry.
      • Encouraging innovation, embracing partnerships, and enabling dialog.
      • Honoring and preserving cultural memory, particularly the unique culture of New Orleans, in all of its expressions.
      • Stewarding resources in culturally sensitive, accessible ways.
      • Committing ourselves to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our leadership and professional practice.
      • Creating inclusive spaces that foster an open and accepting learning community.
      • Defending privacy rights and intellectual freedom.
      • Supporting our staff to grow and thrive in a rapidly changing, highly dynamic environment.
      • Approaching our work with humanity, empathy, and humility.

      2020-2023 Strategic Pillars

      The Tulane Libraries will:

      • Become an evolving hub and laboratory for modes of teaching, learning, and academic inquiry across all disciplines.
      • Be the trusted steward of stories, in any manifestation or expression, from a broad array of communities and cultures.
      • Reflect the unique diversity of New Orleans, the nation, and the world in staffing, collections, spaces, and services.
      • Build a sustainable culture of resilience, capability, excellence, and continuous growth and learning.
      Vision, Mission, Values, & Strategic Pillars
    • Giving

      Give to all of Tulane: Give to the Library


      A donation to the Library is a donation to all of Tulane. We serve all students and faculty, uptown and downtown, as well as alumni and the greater New Orleans community. Gifts are essential for the Library to support, promote, and enrich the University’s teaching and research missions. Donations can help us to transform spaces, refresh and expand our services, acquire needed materials, and preserve our rich and unique collections. Your support also enables us to provide training and professional development opportunities for our staff, recognize outstanding student workers, and otherwise invest in the future.

      Need a few hints on what to give? Our list of how your contributions can help is located here.

      Your donations make a difference in the lives of our students and scholars today and tomorrow. We gratefully welcome financial donations in any amount. You may donate online, by phone at (800) 933-6886, or via mail at:

      Tulane University
      P.O. Box 61075
      New Orleans, LA 70161-9986

      If you'd like to make a gift by mail, please complete and send this form with your personal check or credit card information included, to the above address.

      Make checks payable to Tulane University. You may note the specific purpose of your gift on the memo line of your check.

      Gifts of Physical Materials

      This fall and likely through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is unable to accept general gifts of physical items such as books from a personal collection.  Contact an appropriate subject area liaison librarian directly if you believe you have individual items of special research value that might be exceptions.  Otherwise, for alternatives, the American Library Association maintains a useful guide to book donation programs.

      During normal times, we have welcomed valuable donations of materials that would be useful in an academic setting and not already dupicated in the library's current holdings, particularly unique and special collections that enrich our holdings in new ways.

      Examples included:

      • Hardback and quality paperback books of special research value
      • Music compact discs, scores and recordings in current formats
      • Videos and films in standard DVD format

      The library has not accepted:

      • Books out of scope for a research 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

      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. Please note that under IRS rules, the library cannot provide appraisals; donors will need to arrange them separately. Since tax laws change from time to time, we encourage you to seek advice from a knowledgeable tax consultant about current requirements.

      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 in your name or the name of someone you wish to memorialize. Tulane's Office of Gift Planning will be happy to discuss such gifts with you. Please contact the Office of Gift Planning by phone at 1-800-999-0181, by email at giftplanning@tulane.edu or online at giftplanning.tulane.edu.

      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.


      Expanded online option on uptown campus
      Daily parking permits can be purchased online at parking.tulane.edu for $5 and printed from anywhere. This is a great option for guests or Tulane affiliates who do not have an annual parking permit but occasionally need to park on the uptown campus.

      New pay station in Diboll Garage
      For short term parking, we have a new pay station in Diboll that accepts credit cards and cash. Need to park on the uptown campus for the day but didn't buy an online permit and can't make it to the office in the LBC? Choose space 50 on the meter and place your receipt on your dashboard when you park in any unmarked space around campus.

      Yes, the same app that you use to park on city streets is coming to the Tulane uptown campus! Look for the signs on our parking meters and in the Claiborne Avenue lot. ParkMobile gives you great flexibility for short term parking on campus. If you don't have the ParkMobile app, you can download it from the Android or Apple App stores.

      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 the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse, then pass Jones Hall (where Special Collections are located), and the library will be the six floor white building.

      Driving directions to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

      Taking Interstate 10 East coming from the west of New Orleans
      Taking Interstate 10 East coming from the west of New Orleans (i.e. from Baton Rouge or Houston)
      • After the exit for Causeway Boulevard in Metairie, you will be nearing the fork of I-10 and I-610, keep right to stay on I-10 E, follow signs for Interstate 10 E/New Orleans Business District.
      • Go 1.6 miles.
      • Take exit 232 toward Airline Drive/Tulane Avenue/Carrollton Avenue/LA-61.
      • Go 0.5 miles.
      • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Carrollton Avenue and merge onto South Carrollton Avenue.
      • Go 0.8 miles. (You will go through traffic lights at Palmetto Street/Washington Avenue, Palm Street, Earhart Boulevard and Walmsley Avenue.)
      • Turn left onto Fontainebleau Drive.
      • Go 0.4 miles.
      • Turn right onto Broadway Street.
      • Go 1.1 miles. (You will go through traffic lights at South Claiborne Avenue and Willow Street.)
      • Turn left onto Freret Street at traffic light.
      • Howard-Tilton Memorial Library will be on the left 0.1 miles.

      Taking Interstate 10 West coming from the east of New Orleans
      Taking Interstate 10 West coming from the east of New Orleans (i.e. from the Gulf Coast of Mississippi or Florida)
      • After crossing the Industrial Canal high rise bridge and passing the fork for I-610, you will be nearing the fork of I-10 and U.S. 90 Business West. You will pass exits for Elysian Fields Avenue, St. Bernard Avenue, Orleans Avenue, and Canal Street. As you are passing these exits, try to be in the middle lane of the three lanes of I-10.
      • Use the left 2 lanes to take the U.S. 90 Business W exit toward Westbank/Claiborne Avenue.
      • Keep in the right lane of the two lanes that exit to the left, follow signs for US 90 W/Claiborne Ave and merge onto US-90 W/S Claiborne Avenue.
      • Merge onto US-90 W/South Claiborne Avenue.
      • Go 1.8 miles. (You will go through several lights – Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Jackson Avenue, Washington Avenue, Toledano Street, Louisiana Avenue, Napoleon Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Nashville Avenue)
      • Turn left onto State Street which is the street after Nashville Avenue.
      • Go 0.6 miles.
      • Turn right onto Freret Street at traffic light.
      • Howard-Tilton Memorial Library will be on the right 0.4 miles.

    • Hours & Calendar

      Howard-Tilton Memorial Library 

      Special Collections

      • Architecture Library calendar
      • Jones Hall
        • Schiro Reading Room
        • Hogan Jazz Archive calendar
        • Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA) calendar
    • Job Opportunities

      Full-time Employment

      Librarian Positions

      Staff Positions

      All full-time library positions are posted at Jobs at Tulane. ​ 

      Core Technology Competencies for Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Employees

      Information about Tulane's employee policies, benefits, and working at Tulane may be found on the Human Resources site.

      Student Employment

      The libaray posts available positions on Handshake.com.  Students interested in employment at the library should complete an online application there in order to be considered for a position.

      Human Resources has additional information about student employment on campus.

      Anti-Discrimination & Equal Opportunity Statements

      Tulane is committed to and encourages a diverse and inclusive community that respects and values individual differences. Tulane University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We welcome you to read more: Tulane University Equal Opportunity / Anti-Discrimination Policies

      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.

  • Directories

  • Collections Information

    • Collections Area 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 that automatically ship materials to the library.  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.

    • Suggest a Purchase

    • Tulane Libraries Off-Site Library Facility

    • Tulane Libraries Recovery Center

      Beginning in 2007, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library 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.