LSU Special Collections is open to all researchers, including students, faculty, and the general public. You do not have to be affiliated with LSU to access our collections.
Like most archives and special collections, LSU Special Collections is a non-circulating library. Very few exceptions are made for materials to be taken out of the building.
Shelving areas are not open to the public. Instead, items are requested via patrons' research accounts and are retrieved by staff for use in the Reading Room.
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All researchers using LSU Special Collections materials must first create a Special Collections Request System account. Once the account is created, researchers have the option to schedule appointments to visit the Special Collections Reading Room, place requests to view materials in person, or submit duplication requests.
We highly suggest placing requests in advance of a visit because some materials must be retrieved from an off-site storage facility (requiring 48 business hours of advanced notice) and in-house materials can only be retrieved by staff from closed stacks.
The Reading Room is a space for researchers to use materials from Special Collections. By following the Reading Room guidelines, visitors can help the library protect materials and ensure they will be available for future use.
Check out the following video from the University of Oregon Libraries to find helpful tips for visiting special collections libraries.
For informational questions, call the front desk at (225) 578-6544.
For research assistance, call the reference desk at (225) 578-6568.