Tulane Libraries hold nearly 4.6 million print volumes and more than 1.2 million eBooks. Its books include those in its circulating general collections and also many rare books in several special collections. 

General Collections of Print Books

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library on Tulane's uptown campus as well as the Matas Library for the Health Sciences downtown each house large circulating collections of books in print format on shelves open for general browsing. Hundreds of thousands of additional print books are housed at the Tulane Library Offsite Storage Facility about two miles from the uptown campus and these are available for retrieval by requesting them within the Library Search interface. Is there a book you want that we don’t have? Books from other libraries are often accessible through interlibrary loan and borrowing from neighboring libraries.


Tulane Libraries acquire eBooks across a wide range of subjects and disciplines, and its 1.2 million titles are each accessible through the Library Search interface. In addition the libraries have acquired a wide range of eBook databases that include historical collections representing, from a few examples, most book titles published in England from 1475 to 1700 and in America from 1639 to 1918, plus historical collections covering digitized library and archival collections with materials from throughout the world, in a variety of languages. For STEM fields Howard-Tilton Memorial Library maintains eBook collections from major publishers such as Wiley, Springer | Nature, and Elsevier. Titles from Elsevier, for example, are through its All Access EBook Collection representing nearly all eBooks on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform including more than 30,500 general monographs, 3,500 book and handbook series titles, 260 e-textbooks, and 200 reference works such as handbooks and encyclopedias. Not all libraries maintain digital collections of published material of this scale and scope. Millions of additional titles are accessible to Tulane readers through the library’s membership in HathiTrust.

Rare Books

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) maintains a large collection of Rare Books. Its materials can be used in the TUSC reading room, located on the second floor of Jones Hall. The Latin American Library (LAL) also holds a rich collection of rare books, periodicals and pamphlets, which can be consulted in the LAL reading room on the 4th floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. The Newcomb Archives and Nadine Robbert Vorhoff Special Collection maintains its own reading room the 3rd level of Tulane's new Commons building. The Amistad Research Center makes their rare book collection accessible in their reading room in Tilton Hall, while the Matas Library for the Health Sciences Historic Collection is available in their downtown facilities. Records describing holdings from each of these rare collections are accessible through the Library Search interface.