How to Search

There is no one-stop-shop to find materials at the Latin American Library (LAL). Read on to learn about the variety of discovery and access tools at your disposal.

Books and Journals

Find circulating, rare, and electronic books and journals in Library Search.


Explore key article databases on the Latin American Studies Library Guide.

Archival Collections

Use the Archival Collections Search to discover manuscripts, ephemera, and images in The Latin American Library Special Collections


Library Search is the main discovery tool for newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals available at Tulane Libraries in print and on microfilm.

In addition, there are two special lists of LAL newspapers:

Contact to ask about consulting newspapers in special collections or storage.

For newspaper databases and online platforms, see the News & Newspapers: Latin America & the Caribbean Library Guide


Find microform in Library Search AND/OR use this list to browse Latin American Library holdings: Microform Inventory (Searchable PDF).

LAL microfilm can be consulted in the Media Services on the 6th floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. 

Brazilian Cordel Literature

There are more than 1,000 Brazilian chapbooks (literatura de cordel) in The Latin American Library Special Collections.

The Collection of Brazilian Cordel Literature has a single call number: Latin American Library (Rare) PQ9691.N59 C65. 

Use these resources to locate individual titles within the collection:

Borrow from Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan

  • Use ILL to request:
    • Print books that are not available at Tulane (whether not in collections or checked out)
    • Scans of articles and book chapters not available in full-text online
    • Microfilm and other materials from the Center for Research Libraries


Center for Research Libraries

Help with Access and Borrowing