Facts About the Libraries

Tulane University Libraries consist of four physical locations across two campuses in one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in North America. The Libraries serve Tulane’s nine schools and one undergraduate college with over 4.6 million books and physical items; 1.2 million eBooks; nearly 200,000 online journals; 900 databases; and distinctive collections that focus on the many facets of New Orleans’s music, history, and culture, including early jazz; regional history; literary culture; carnival; food and drink; and the architecture of the city and Gulf South region. The Libraries host the Tulane Digital Library and an institutional repository and publish several OpenAccess journals. Tulane’s Latin American Library (LAL) holds one of the most impressive collections in the world of materials on the history and culture of Central and South America and the Caribbean. The LAL also serves as the Secretariat for the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), an international association of librarians, archivists, book dealers, book professionals, scholars, and students interested in collecting, preserving, and providing access to Latin American, Caribbean, Iberian, and Latinx information resources in all formats. Matas Library of the Health Sciences in downtown New Orleans serves students and faculty in the Schools of Medicine and of Public Health and Tropical Medicine as well as the Tulane National Primate Center in Covington, LA.

The Tulane Libraries are made up of ca. 110 full-time staff and librarians. We are members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), HathiTrust, the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and other organizations. The Libraries’ values include a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our leadership and professional practice.