Study Spaces

  • Learning Commons

    The Learning Commons on the first floor of the Howard-Tilton Library is a dynamic, collaborative student environment combining research, technology and media.

    The space features individual and group work areas, comfortable seating in a variety of configurations, and Macs and PCs equipped with an array of software, including productivity apps and media production tools. Laptop visitors to the Learning Commons will find a high speed wireless network, convenient electrical locations and laptop-friendly seating.

    Just as important as the technology and amenities, the Learning Commons is also the place to interact one-on-one with research specialists and technology experts. These professionals are on hand throughout the day and evening to assist students with their research and learning activities.

    Learning Commons on First Floor

  • Second Floor Study Commons

    The design of the 2nd Floor Study Commons includes seating types that have proven to be popular among students using the Selley Study Commons on the 3rd floor and that was constructed in 2011.  Additionally, it incorporates some design elements from the 1st floor Learning Commons below that was constructed in 2008.  In others words, it’s a bridge space between the two, with several choices of both group and individual seating.  Most of the tables in the new 2nd Floor Study Commons where groups can sit have low divider panels to also accommodate private study.

    One long counter top table is meant to respond to students’ requests for stand-up tables, although tall chairs are also provided alongside for those who also want to use the counter tables but while seated.
    The area provides an additional 93 seats for those studying in the library, and just in time for the upcoming study and exam period.  All the new tables in the area provide power outlets for students’ laptops or other devices.   Network access in the area is provided via Wi-Fi.
    The furniture for the area was purchased through the company Library Interiors Inc., which also produced the  design and its layout drawings with assistance from Lindsay Hellwig, who handles design services for Tulane Capital Projects & Real Estate Group (CPREG).  The electrical system that lays underneath the new carpet in the area was supplied through AD Wynne Co., and installed with help from Tulane’s Facilities Services and Rocker Electric Inc.

    Not far from the 2nd Floor Study Commons is another space called the Graduate Study Room.

    Secod floor study commons
  • Selley Study Commons

    The Selley Study Commons is a quiet study area on the 3rd floor that offers furniture designed for quiet, individual study. The area has been officially named in honor of Paul P. and Elizabeth Selley, and the Selley Foundation, which provided the original funds to develop the same space into a reading and study area.

    The Study Commons provides seats that are nearly all private seating rather than group seating around tables. Still, students wishing to study together in groups in the study commons can effectively do so, since most of these private seats are grouped in clusters and where new tables are provided they are more effectively placed. These furniture clusters are of four basic types:  Carrel seating (seat clusters with 4 units each, two units on each side), Pod work stations (work station seating in circular sets for single users), and individual lounge seating with privacy screens (individual soft chairs with built-in tablet arms and accompanying movable privacy screens with white boards).

    Third Floor Selley Study Commons

  • Group Study

    Group work is welcome in the Learning Commons on the 1st floor, in the elevator lobbies, and in the snack lounge in the basement.

    Group work is not allowed in the Selley Study Commons on the 3rd floor.

    A group study room is available on the fifth floor on the Dixon side of the building.

    Room 602 is available as open, multi-group study space when not reserved for Library workshops or meetings. Student organizations registered with the Office of Student Programs may also reserve this room for meetings. See room 602 policy for more details.

    Room 602 - Reservation Form

    If you need a quiet room for a Skype interview, check with the Tulane Career Center.

    Additional group study rooms are in the process of being installed. Information will be shared in the coming months.

    Fifth Floor Group Study Room

    Fifth Floor Group Study Room
    Fifth Floor Group Study Room inside

    Room 602

    Room 602 exterior
    Room 602 inside
  • Graduate Study Carrels

    Carrels available for assignment to graduate students and post-doctorates are located on the 1st and 3rd floors of the library. Preference for carrel assignment is given to graduate and post-doctoral students whose subject collections are located in the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Latin American Studies graduate students must contact the Latin American Library for carrel assignments on the 4th floor. Law students have access to research carrels in the Law Library in Weinmann Hall.

    All materials in the carrels must be properly checked out at the Check-Out desk. The carrels will be inspected periodically and any items that are not checked-out and any non-circulating materials will be removed and returned to the shelves.

    Personal belongings of value should not be left in the carrels. Carrel assignments are made at the Check-Out Desk.

    To apply for a graduate carrel, please read the graduate carrels regulations and submit the Carrel Application Form

    Assignments are from September 15 to September 15 of the following year. All carrels must be renewed yearly. Failure to renew may result in removal from the carrel.

    PLEASE NOTE: When a carrel has not been renewed all personal items will be stored and held for 30 days after which time they will be disposed of. Please be sure to clear your carrel before you give up your carrel.

    graduate student study carrel

  • Graduate Study Room

    A new kind of graduate study area was recently completed on the 2nd floor and is now open for use.  The area, called the Graduate Study Room, is intended to provide quiet study space for graduate students in ways similar to the older grad carrels also located along the west side of the building, mostly on the northwest sides of the 2nd and 3rd floors.  In this new space, however, the furniture is significantly upgraded, access to the space is controlled via swipe card, and its seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis rather than signed out for an entire semester.

    The new Graduate Study Room and its different type of access are intended to make quiet study space available to larger numbers of graduate student researchers.

    Here are some general facts about the Graduate Study Room:
    • Access is available to Tulane graduate students who swipe their Splash Card ID through the card reader next to the entrance door, located on the southwest side of the 2nd floor not far from the new 2nd Floor Study Commons.  

    • All Tulane graduate students regardless of program may use the room, but only Tulane graduate students.

    • 20 carrel-like tables with tall sides have been installed in the room.  Some soft seating is coming as well.

    • Seats within the room are not reserved and may not be reserved, but are available to the user as long as s/he remains in them.

    • The room can be used by Tulane graduate students during all library hours when the upper floors (2-6) are open.
    The furniture for the room was purchased through the company Library Interiors Inc., which also produced is design and layout drawings with assistance from Lindsay Hellwig, who handles design services for Tulane Capital Projects & Real Estate Group (CPREG).

    Graduate Study Room
  • Faculty Studies

    Faculty Study Information
    • Applications for new faculty studies can be made by submitting the Faculty Study Application Form online. Available studies are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • All faculty studies must be renewed on an annual basis. The deadline to renew will be sent via email. If you are currently assigned a study you must fill out the Faculty Study Application Form for renewal before the deadline. You will be able to retain your current study if you renew by the deadline.
    • All full-time tenure track and emeritus faculty on the Uptown campus, except those faculty members associated with the Law, Business and Medical Schools, are eligible for faculty studies in the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. See below for Post-Doctoral Faculty availability.
    • Faculty studies are meant primarily for research and scholarship. The studies are not to be used to hold office hours or for storage. Using the study simply for storing books or other materials is not considered an appropriate use. Faculty studies should not be considered personal offices or "belonging" to the faculty member.
    • There is regularly a waiting list for faculty studies. In order to meet this demand, we may ask faculty members to share studies. If you are asked to share your study, please be respectful of other faculty research needs. Faculty should work independently to set up schedules to share the study. If you know someone you would like to share a study with, please make a note on the application. Both faculty must submit an application.
    • If you would like to request a study in the Latin American Library (LAL), please indicate so on the application form.
    • If you are relinquishing your study please remove all personal items from the study and return the key to the Administrative Office. Personal items left in the study will be removed and held by the Administrative Office and held for thirty (30) days. Any keys not returned, unreported damage to the carrels or excessive trash will be charged to the faculty member.

    Faculty Study Application Form

    faculty study

  • Lockers

    Lockers are available to any registered student on a first-come, first served basis. Lockers are located on the 3rd floor. You may apply for a locker at the Check-Out Desk or online using the Locker Application form .

    No food, drinks in non-approved library containers or items not checked-out to the locker holder may be put into lockers. Library materials may be checked to the locker for an extended period. Lockers will be opened regularly for inspection by authorized library personnel.

    Locker holders leaving New Orleans for a semester or longer must release their locker for assignment during their absence, with the understanding that a locker may be reassigned upon their return. Unauthorized students are not allowed to use the lockers, nor are they allowed to store materials in lockers.