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Welcome to LSU Libraries Special Collections

Housed in historic Hill Memorial Library, the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections encompass a wide range of materials that may be used for research, education, and personal enjoyment. The library’s principle mission is to preserve the distinctive history and culture of Louisiana. Its collections of rare books, however, span virtually the entire range of human history, from the ancient world to the futuristic landscapes of science fiction writers. Natural history is another area of focus, with an emphasis on the great masterpieces of scientific illustration. Special Collections also houses University Archives, the official repository of the records of LSU which document the university’s development from a small military school to a major research institution.

To learn more about our various collecting areas, visit Collections & Centers.

Special Collections is open to any and all, including undergraduates and the general public. Before visiting the library, please review our Policies & Procedures. Visitors traveling from off-campus may wish to consult the Contact & Visitor Information page.