Building Access & Policies

Library Code of Conduct

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the main library of Tulane University. The library is a place for learning and scholarly reflection. The library staff and administration strive to provide such a place for our users. To this end, library users are asked to follow the Library Code of Conduct.

We expect our library users to: 

  • Follow all library policies and procedures including the food and drink, cell phone, and computer use policies.
  • Exit the building when prompted by announcements either at closing or during fire alarms.
  • Engage with library staff in a respectful and courteous manner.
  • Treat other library users with respect. Avoid loud conversations, disruptive behavior, and use of the library for non-academic or non-research purposes.
  • Respect the rights of other users to access library materials. Deliberate misplacement of library materials, or the deliberate postponement of returning library materials, is prohibited.
  • Care for library books and other materials properly. Library materials should not be written on or defaced in any way. Users are responsible for the care of items checked out to them.
  • Care for library equipment, furniture, and facilities. Leave library furniture in its place.
  • Never leave personal items or library laptops unattended. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
  • Wear shoes and clothing while in the library.
  • Refrain from wearing, bringing in and/or using skates, bicycles, etc. in the building.
  • Leave pets at home. Exception: service animals are permissible.
  • Refrain from soliciting for any reason while on the premises.
  • Never enter areas designated “staff only” without an appointment.
  • Refrain from sleeping in the library.

The library also expects library users to follow all university rules and regulations as well as local, state, and federal laws:

  • Smoking in the building is prohibited.
  • Use, possession, or storage of weapons of any kind is prohibited.
  • Use, possession, or distribution of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs is prohibited.
  • Lewd or obscene conduct, or sexual misconduct, is prohibited.


  • The library reserves the right to call Tulane University Police Department if a library user does not follow the code of conduct.
  • The library reserves the right to remove violators from the building and/or revoke library privileges.
  • The library will contact the Dean of Students if the library user is a student and is in violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
  • The library will bill the library user for lost, missing, mutilated, or defaced items, including a processing fee.


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. 
  • 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 ( 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.

Food and 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 Policy

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. Use a quiet voice when answering your phone. Please keep your mask on while speaking on the 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:

  • 1st Floor Learning Commons
  • Elevator lobbies
  • Student lounge 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
Quiet Study Policy

The library should be a place conducive to study, but space limitations and lack of study rooms often sometimes make it difficult to find a quiet spot. The Selley Study Commons on the 3rd floor 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 small groups (no bigger than 2) should use the booth seating in the Learning Commons, or the small group study areas on the 2nd, 3rd, or 5th floor. 

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 for Quiet Study.  Please be aware of and sensitive to the study needs of those around you.

Public Access Policy

Tulane students, faculty, and staff are given priority assistance and are entitled to all services and privileges listed below.

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 listed below except interlibrary loan, document delivery, and mediated online searching.

Tulane alumni with alumni borrowing cards are entitled to most services and privileges listed below except interlibrary loan, document delivery, mediated online searching, Microsoft Office and other licensed software, and off-campus access to research databases.

  • Walk-in/Zoom 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

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 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 so 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.