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.

Library Guides

See LAL Library Guides for research tips and curated lists of databases and digital resources for Latin American, Caribbean, Latinx, and Iberian Studies.

Special Collections

ArchivesSpace is the primary database for archival collections. Rare books and journals are discoverable via Library Search. However, many of LAL special collections materials are not discoverable in ArchivesSpace and Library Search. See The Latin American Library Special Collections page for an overview of all the discovery tools and finding aids, including lists of rare maps and newspapers. For assistance, email the Curator of Special Collections.

Newspapers & Microfilm

The Latin American Library provides access to news sources from 26 countries in many formats, ranging from rare print copies of 18th-century newspapers to electronic databases with full-text access to current news publications from around the region. A guide to all of LAL news sources in print, microform and electronic format is available in the News and Newspapers: Latin America Library Guide.

Non-Rare Printed Newspapers

The Latin American Library currently subscribes to newspapers from Central America and elsewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the LAL holds 216 titles of printed newspapers from c. 1940s to the present. For a complete listing of these 216 titles, see "LAL Newspapers in Storage" in Library Search. Most of these newspapers are housed in the library's offsite facility and require one day for retrieval. Email for assistance.

Rare Printed Newspapers

See the LAL Special Collections page.


The Latin American Library has thousands of reels of microfilm containing newspapers, rare journals, monographs, and primary resources for research from around the world. See this list to browse titles: Microfilm Inventory (Searchable PDF). Microfilm are also discoverable in Library Search.

The LAL microfilm can be consulted in the Media Services department on the 6th floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. For more information, visit the Media Services Microforms page.

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find what you're looking for in LAL print and digital collections? 

Use Interlibrary Loan to request:

  • Print books that are not available at Tulane (whether not in collections or checked out)
  • Scans of articles and book chapters to which LAL does not have full-text access via Library Search
  • Microfilm and other materials from the Center for Research Libraries
  • WorldCat is a catalog of libraries around the world
  • Use it to search for books and materials that may not be in LAL collections
  • Use TU Link to request item through Interlibrary Loan
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