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 7:00 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. 

Alumni Access

Tulane alumni may request an Alumni Card from the Tulane Alumni Association through a form located here. The card is free and enables alumni to borrow books from the library. It does not provide for services and privileges such as interlibrary loans, document delivery, or off-campus access to research databases. 

Database Access: Alumni and public users may access the library’s databases onsite from workstations labeled Look It Up, which are located throughout the Howard-Tilton building. However, licensing agreements with database providers and publishers limit remote access outside the library building to just current Tulane faculty, students, and staff. This helps preserve the marketplace for published, copyrighted content in an internet environment.

Other Special Borrowing Privileges

Some other groups of non-Tulane affiliates also may obtain borrowing privileges at the library. These include Loyola faculty and students, members of LOUIS  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

Teachers and librarians interested in bringing high school students to Tulane University Libraries can contact the Scholarly Engagement Department at Minors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the building. A full version of the Public Access Policy can be found here.

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