Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Library Special Collections Closed for June and July

June 4th, 2013

The special collections of the Latin American Library at Tulane University will be unavailable for the months of June and July. These collections include the rare books, manuscripts, photographic archive, rare printed ephemera, Merle Greene Robertson Collection and the Closed Stacks Deweys. During this time, we will not be able to respond to reference queries or to fill reproduction requests. Regular services regarding the special collections will resume after August 1.

A message from the LAL staff regarding the move:

The Latin American Library offices and circulating collections on the 4th floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library will remain open with regular services through the summer.

As many of you know, in 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused major flooding in the basement and damaged the ventilation system of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library (H-TML), the building where The Latin American Library (LAL) is located. A FEMA-funded remediation project which will add two new floors to the library building is now set to begin.

As a precautionary measure, to protect the materials from dust and the possible hazards entailed in any construction project, we will move the LAL rare collections to the main library’s offsite facility at 900 Jefferson Davis Drive for the duration of the construction period over the next two years. Materials to be moved offsite are: the rare books; the manuscript collections; the Image Archive; the Merle Greene Robertson Collection; and the LAL Closed Stacks Dewey collection.

The move itself will take place between June 3 and July 31. Since these are fragile materials, the moving company will take extra care and time to transport the materials to the offsite facility; the moving process will not be as quick as we would like. By August 1, we anticipate that the rare collections will once again be available to researchers at the Jeff Davis facility. The offsite location offers ample and free parking, a reading room, and reproduction facilities. Also, we are working to provide University transportation to the facility, which is a 10-minute drive from the Howard-Tilton Building. These arrangements will allow us to resume the Library’s Greenleaf Fellowship Program for 2013-2014. We will provide access to individual researchers and also be able to accommodate classroom visits and instruction sessions using the rare materials at the Jeff Davis facility. More details are forthcoming.

While this construction will mean extra work for LAL staff and some inconvenience for students, faculty and researchers, the remediation, when completed, will afford proper heating, cooling, and humidity control that will help to safeguard our collections far into the future while assuring the physical comfort of scholars, students, staff, and visitors at LAL.

The move should not affect Latin American Library circulating collections or the LAL offices on the 4th floor of H-TML, which will remain open and available at regular hours throughout the move and the subsequent construction. As always, your patience and understanding are appreciated. Please feel free to contact the LAL at lal@tulane.edu or (504)865-5681 with any questions.