Tulane's twelve libraries make up a research network ranked among the top in the nation. Our special collections are so unique that people come from around the world to do research at Tulane.
The general collections of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library allow you to browse Tulane's two million volumes, one million government documents and 15,000 current serial titles right from your dorm room via the university’s on-line catalogue, TULANet Voyager. This main library and eleven other specialized research centers house an impressive array of rare books, manuscripts, historical documents, digital archives, art and music.
Tulane’s libraries include artistic, scientific, architectural, mathematic, business-related and cultural collections. Read about some of our facilities below:
- The Latin American Library at Tulane University is among the world’s foremost collections of research materials from and about the region. Established in 1924, the collection comprises more than 430,000 volumes, including rare books, manuscripts, images, maps and electronic resources. Especially known for its image collection, the Library holds over 65 different photographic collections and 41 individual albums representing the region from the mid-19th century to the present. The Latin American Library is located on the 4th floor of Howard Tilton Library. Staff is available to assist researchers in person between 8:30 and 4:45, Monday through Friday.
- The Hogan Jazz Archive, a renowned resource for New Orleans jazz research, contains oral histories, rare recordings, photographs, films, sheet music, orchestrations, manuscripts and news clippings. The archive is located in Jones Hall.
- Tulane's Louisiana Collection is the world’s largest 19th century library for materials regarding Louisiana and its history. Boasting original papers and publications from some of Louisiana's most famous historical figures, the collection is valuable to students and researchers alike. The Carnival Collection within the division contains original float and costume designs from hundreds of years of Mardi Gras celebrations. The collection is located in Room 300, Jones Hall.
- The Amistad Research Center is the nation’s largest independent archive specializing in the history of African Americans and other ethnic minority groups. The impressive collection contains more than 800 works of African and African American art, nearly 250,000 photographs dating from 1859 and original manuscripts from prominent Harlem Renaissance writers. It was an essential resource for the development of the movie Amistad, and it is located in Tilton Hall.
- Founded in 1975, the Nadine Vorhoff Library contains a broad collection relating to Women’s Education and Studies. Library highlights include the Newcomb Archives and college records and prescriptive literature focusing on the history of women’s education and women living in the south. The collections provide valuable insight into the progression of a variety of themes including mothering, marriage, and physical education for women. Also of particular importance is the Zales Writer Collection; each year Newcomb brings a nationally known writer to campus to teach and speak, and the collection includes books authored by these writers. The library is located in Caroline Richardson Hall.
Did You Know?
“The Pelican Brief,” a 1993 thriller starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts, was filmed on Tulane’s campus.