Visitor Information

Map of colonial New Orleans showing the river and the Chartres street

Hours of Operation

During Spring 2021, Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) is accessible only to current Tulane University faculty, staff, and students. This is in accordance with campus policy. 

Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00 pm. To make an appointment, please contact specialcollections@tulane.edu.

Please note that some collections are stored offsite and must be requested at least 5 business days in advance.

Researcher Registration and Appointments

TUSC materials are available for use by appointment only. To make an appointment:

All users must register prior to using TUSC materials. Please fill out our Registration Form once your appointment has been confirmed. 

Getting Started in the Reading Room

All users are required to wear masks in accordance with state, city, and University guidelines. Please wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling materials.

What can I bring into the reading room?

  • Pencils
  • Laptops or tablets (out of their cases)
  • Cameras
  • USB drives
  • Cell phones (set to silent or vibrate)

We have lockers that you can use to securely store belongings that are not allowed in the reading room, such as:

  • Bags, laptop sleeves, and cases of any kind
  • Food, drink, gum, and candy
  • Pens
  • Outerwear and umbrellas
  • Personal papers, notepads, binders, folders, or notebooks
  • Photography stands or scanning equipment

Inside the reading room:

  • Researchers must use gloves when handling photographs, film and glass negatives, metal, and items encased in plastic sleeves. 
  • Researchers are allowed to have one box and one folder on the table at a time.
  • Keep documents flat in their original folder. Handle documents with care – no lifting, leaning on, or placing objects on top of archival materials.
  • Self-service scanning is not currently available. However, you may submit a reproduction order form available in the reading room.

Directions and Parking

Directions 

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) is located at 6801 Freret Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 in Jones Hall, Room 202 on the uptown campus of Tulane University.

  • Jones Hall is directly across from the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane's main library. Jones Hall is #25 on this interactive campus map.
  • The Rare Books Collection, previously located on the 6th floor of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, is now accessible in the Jones Hall reading room. Please email specialcollections@tulane.edu to make an appointment. 

Driving: 

Driving From I-10

  • As you enter the downtown area, follow the signs to Hwy. 90 Business/West Bank.
  • Exit at St. Charles Avenue/Carondelet St. (do not cross the bridge).
  • At the second traffic light make a right onto St. Charles Avenue.
  • Follow St. Charles Avenue for four miles to Broadway St. 
  • Make a right onto Broadway and continue to Freret Street. 
  • Make a right onto Freret St. Continue to 6801 Freret St. Jones Hall will be on your left. 

Parking 

Parking near the university is limited, use of taxi or public transportation is highly recommended. Metered and 2-hour permit parking is available on and off Broadway and Freret St. and on residential streets. 

  • All vehicles parked on the uptown campus between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, are required to display a University Parking Permit or park in a metered parking place. On weekends and other times, parking permits are not required.
  • Visitors may purchase a one-day parking pass at the Traffic Office during business hours and from the public safety dispatcher after hours. Visitors have the option to pay to park on the ground level of the Diboll Complex or use parking meters located throughout campus. Parking permits are not required when guests park in timed or metered spaces, provided the time limit is obeyed and the parking meter is not expired. The closest metered spaces are on Newcomb Circle, two blocks away. Please be aware that all metered spaces are for short-term parking only.
  • For additional campus parking maps and information, you can visit University Campus Services, Uptown Parking office 

Public transportation

The city bus #15 (Freret Bus) stops between Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and Jones Hall. 

The St. Charles Avenue streetcar stops right in front of Tulane University.

The fare for all city buses and streetcars is $1.25 each way (exact change required) or $5.00 per day for unlimited rides. 

To find Jones Hall from the streetcar stop:

  • Exit the streetcar at the stop in front of Tulane University (same stop as the Audubon Park entrance). 
  • Walk all the way through the upper campus to Freret St., which is the first street you come to. 
  • Cross Freret St, turn left on Freret St, and Jones Hall will be about half a block up the street on your right.

New Orleans Streetcar