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

  • 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

    Howard-Tilton has group study rooms on the first floor. Go through the glass doors beyond the PJ's coffee stand and take a left at the first row of books. There you will find two group study rooms with white boards and large monitors for group work. Bring your own Mac Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter to connect to the large monitor.

    Group work is also 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 off the elevator lobby is available for group study if not reserved for a class or meeting. Student organizations registered with the Office of Student Programs may also reserve this room for meetings. Meetings must be approved and may be scheduled no more than two weeks in advance. To reserve this room, contact Lisa Hooper at

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

    First Floor Group Study Rooms

    First Floor Group Study Rooms exterior

    First Floor Group Study Rooms interior

    Fifth Floor Group Study Room

    Fifth Floor Group Study Room

    Fifth Floor Group Study Room inside

    Room 602

    Room 602

    Room 602 inside

  • Graduate Study Carrels

    Carrels available for assignment to graduate students and post-doctorates are located on the 1st, 2nd 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. A refundable deposit of $25.00 is required.

    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

  • Faculty Studies

    All Full-Time active 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. Adjunct Faculty are not eligible.

    Faculty studies are intended for faculty with projects that require extensive use of library materials which cannot, or can only with difficulty, be used away from the library.

    Faculty studies will be for research and scholarship only and will not provide office or conference space as such. Using the study simply as a convenient place for storing books or other materials is not considered an appropriate use of a study. Faculty studies are in no way to be considered personal offices or "belonging" to the faculty member.

    Applications for faculty studies will be made in writing to the Dean of Libraries on application forms available from the Library Dean's Office or by submitting the Faculty Study Application form  online. Studies are assigned by the Dean of Libraries on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Because of the demand for faculty studies and their intended purpose as an aid to faculty making extensive use of library materials, assignments are for one academic year beginning mid-August and ending the following July 15th. At the end of one year, individuals with an existing faculty carrel must reapply in writing no later than July 15th.

    Since the studies are designed for double occupancy, two faculty members are assigned to each study in order to accommodate as many faculty members as possible. In the event that there are more studies than applicants, single occupancy is assigned.

    A small number of studies will be reserved for research-active emeriti and visiting faculty.

    Post-Doctoral Faculty may apply for a study. Post-Doctoral applications will be considered after September 30 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Post-Doctoral Faculty are not allowed to apply for renewal and must vacate their studies by July 15 of each year. They can apply again for any studies that may be available after Sept. 30th.

    The Head of Access Services will monitor each faculty study for both appropriate usage of the study and adherence to policy, especially the periodical and book circulation policies. Disregard for policies will result in loss of the study and its reassignment to another faculty member.

    Faculty assigned a study must sign the Faculty Studies Regulations Agreement at the time a study key is issued.

    faculty study

  • Lockers

    Lockers are available to any registered student on a first-come, first served basis. Lockers are located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 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.

    A deposit of $10.00 is required for padlocks. Padlocks must be returned by the time the agreement expires or the deposit will be forfeited.