How to Search the LAL Collections

There is no one-stop database for discovering all the physical materials held in the Latin American Library (LAL) collections. Read on and/or watch this video to learn about the variety of tools at your disposal.


Books and Journals

Find circulating and rare books and journals in Library Search.

Manuscripts, Ephemera, and Image Archive

Use ArchivesSpace to discover manuscripts, ephemera, and images in The Latin American Library Special Collections

Please note that not all archival materials have been processed and made discoverable in ArchivesSpace. Email to ask about archival collections we may have on a certain topic.


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 resources for LAL newspapers:

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

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


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

LAL microforms can be consulted in Media Services on the 6th floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Contact for assistance.

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:

Email for assistance and to make an appointment to consult cordel collections.