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, while expecting them first to have used their own school, public, or academic libraries.  A full version of the Public Access Policy can be found here.

Members of the public are welcome to use the library building any time prior to 7:30 pm, each day.  After that time, only Tulane affiliates will be allowed access to the building.  While they are allowed access, public users may browse the collection, use the materials in the building, make use of our restrooms and student snack area, and use our copiers and printers.  Computer use is limited in the building (see below).  Special groups may be granted borrowing privileges (see below), but most public users are not allowed to check out materials, or remove them from the building,

Public Computer Access

Computer use is limited to one stand-up computer, located on the first floor of the library.  Wi-fi access is limited to Tulane affiliates and visiting researchers only, and is not available to the general public. 

Special Borrowing Privileges

Certain non-Tulane affiliates may obtain borrowing privileges at the library.  These include Tulane alumni, Loyola faculty and students, members of LALINC and CALL libraries, members of the OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing Program, special visiting faculty and scholars, and subscribers.  Details on the borrowing privileges for these groups may be found here.  A Subscriber Card is available for members of the public to borrow from Howard-Tilton only and cannot be used to access online databases off-campus. Inquire at the library's Check Out Desk.

Pre-College Students

Use of the Library by pre-college students is not encouraged because their school and public libraries are more appropriate. However, requests for groups of pre-college students to visit the Library, accompanied by a teacher, may be considered as time permits.   Unannounced visits by a teacher with a group of pre-college students are not allowed. Unaccompanied minors under the age of 14 are not allowed in the building.

Requests for Off-site Materials

Members of the public are not allowed to request materials from the Howard-Tilton stacks or the Matas library using the library catalog.  However, materials held at our Offsite Depository may be requested, using this form.  Requested materials will generally be available the next day, and can be used in the library only.  If the materials are needed more than one day, please contact the Check-Out Desk to make special arrangements.


Public Offsite Request Form