Research & Services


  • Study Areas

    Study Carrels

    The Latin American Library offers study carrels to Latin Americanist graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars. Researchers may reserve a carrel for one year. Carrels are renewable. There are sixteen individual carrels for faculty and visiting scholars and twenty, shared carrels for graduate students.

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    Interested in a study carrel?
    Contact: The Latin American Library
      (504) 865-5681 
      Have more questions? Read the complete Study Carrel Policy.


    Seminar Room

    seminar roomThe Latin American Library Seminar Room is also available for group study (first-come, first-served) when not reserved for course use or for scheduled meetings and events. Email to request a reservation.


  • Request Items

    In-Process Request

    If the item you are interested in is listed as "In-Process" in the catalog, please fill out an In-Process Request form.

    Off-site Depository Materials Request

    Items that are listed in the catalog as "Off-site Depository" can be requested by filling out an Off-Site Materials Request.

  • Duplication/Permissions Services

    The Latin American Library provides duplication services for both in-person and distance users solely for research and publication purposes. Duplication service fees vary based on format and quantity. Please consult the LAL’s Fee Schedule for more information.

    Please observe the following procedures for duplication requests:

    • Requests for reproductions of Special Collections materials are made using a Reproduction Request Form downloaded here or available in paper at the Latin American Library office.
    • To place a duplication request, please send the completed form to the Latin American Library office via email ( The physical size and condition of the items requested will determine if reproduction will be possible.
    • Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis by the Director of the Latin American Library or by the Curator of Special Collections upon review of written requests and condition report of the requested materials. Please note that it is not the general policy of the Latin American Library to duplicate entire rare books or archival collections.
    • Allow a minimum of two weeks for the processing of your request. Rush processing often is not available.

    Formats for duplication services include photocopies, digital images, and microfilm. Please refer to Formats and LAL Fee Schedule for additional details.

    If approved, please submit all payments via our online payment system. When filling out the payment form, choose "other service charges" in the "Transaction Information" section.  In that same section, please list as the Library Contact.  

    Receipt and possession of reproductions and/or images does not convey publication rights. Please refer to the LAL’s Publication Request page for more information.

    The receiver of reproductions assumes all copyright responsibility and agrees to hold harmless Tulane University, its agents, representatives, and employees from any liability to copyright holders. Please review the copyright restrictions below:

    United States copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user make a request for or later uses a reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, the user may be liable for copyright infringement.

    The institution reserves the right to refuse a copy or reproduction request if, in its opinion, fulfilling the request may violate copyright law.

    It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the photographer, or his/her transferees, heirs, legatees, or executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Tulane University, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

    CLICK HERE for more information about issues and questions concerning copyright of library and archival materials.

  • Instruction

    Request Library Instruction

    Provide your students with the research and information literacy skills necessary to succeed. We are available to partner with you to design customized research sessions in tune with your instructional goals. Sample topics include:

    • * Developing effective search strategies using keywords and subject headings
    • * Identifying and efficiently using research databases
    • * Evaluating and using Internet resources
    • * Using special collections materials as primary sources for original research