Tips for Finding Books

General descriptions of the library’s book collections are available under “Collections & Centers” in the menu above. For detailed checklists and overviews of rare books in selected subject areas, please see the LibGuide to Rare Books in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections. The LibGuide to Louisiana History Research Tools lists commonly used published reference resources for researching people and places in Louisiana History.

You can explore our entire collection via the LSU Libraries’ online catalog. We recommend using the Advanced Search and selecting “Special Collections” as library to help you refine your search results. Also consider limiting your search to a specific collection, such as the Rare Book Collection or Louisiana & Lower Mississippi Valley Collection, depending on the topic you are researching. Limiting your search by language, publication year, and material type may also be helpful.

Although our collections are open to any and all, Hill Memorial Library is a closed-stacks facility, meaning the shelving areas are not publically accessible. However, you can browse the stacks for books virtually in two ways. The easiest is to click “Nearby items on shelf” in the catalog record for a book related to the topic of your research. You can also identify a call number range for your topic and do a call number search under Advanced Search in the catalog, limiting your search to Hill Memorial Library or a particular collection.

Please contact the library’s reference department or the Curator of Books if you need further assistance locating published materials.