Physics and Engineering Physics



Raquel Horlick


Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Sciences & Engineering

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 865-5643

Librarian Email

Book Chair


Dept Chair

Lev Kaplan, Ph.D.

Program Description

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collects materials in support of teaching and research in the Department of Physics & Engineering Physics. The department offers programs of study leading to the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in Physics, a five-year B.S./M.S. in Physics, and a B.S. in Engineering Physics. The Department also offers physics and astronomy survey courses for non-majors. Departmental research emphasizes quantum chaos, solid state physics, atomic physics & quantum control, acoustic scattering, solid state/density functional theory, nuclear physics, history of physics, mathematical physics, physics instruction, relativity & cosmology, surface science, low temperature condensed matter physics, and polymer physics & biophysics.


The library collects in the general areas of astronomy, atomic and nuclear physics, solid state physics, materials science, surface science, polymer physics, biophysics, engineering physics, quantum physics, relativity, and the history of physics.


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 considered upon request. The library does not generally collect theses or dissertations by authors other than Tulane students, patents, technical reports, standards or specifications. Videorecordings may are considered 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. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for physics 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 special request of the faculty.

Chronological Period

Emphasis is on current research, although collected works of famous or historical physicists are considered.

Imprint Date

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

Geographical Considerations

No geographic limitations are applied.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library borrows a wide range of materials for our users through memberships in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). A reciprocal agreement called TU/LU allows undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans. The LALINC consortium allows graduate students and faculty to borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries and at other academic libraries throughout the state. Inquire at the library's Circulation Desk for more information about cooperative borrowing privileges.

Supply Sources

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 Class of 1902 Fund may be used for books in any area of science.

Selection Tools

Reviews such as those from Choice, from scientific journals, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students are all sources of possible additions to the collection. Book notices automatically delivered to the library through the YBP Plan are also scanned for possible purchase.