Services, resources and procedures during COVID

LSU Library is open for limited purposes and by appointment only, and Hill Memorial Library is closed. Library events are canceled until further notice. Access to digital resources is available as usual. Remote assistance is available through the AskUs link on the Libraries' homepage. 

Book browsing

The LSU Library allows LSU faculty and students to schedule appointments to browse for books for one-hour blocks of time on Tuesdays between 9:00 a.m. and noon and Thursdays between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. A maximum of ten people at a time will be allowed in the library.

An LSU ID is required to check in to the LSU Library. Wearing a face mask is required for entry into the library. Books can be checked out using the self-checkout located in the lobby.

Register for an appointment here. If you have questions, contact us at

Book pick-up service

Print books can be placed on hold to be picked-up in LSU Library. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can request books by clicking on the “place hold” button in the online catalog and will receive an email notification when books are ready to be picked up. The pick-up hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning on June 8. In accordance with the LSU Phase 2 guidelines, masks are required when coming to the library and the 6-foot social distancing rule must be followed when waiting in line. See the blog announcement for more details.

If you have LSU Library books checked out

All checked out books have been automatically renewed. Loan periods for library items checked out to undergraduates and all graduating students have been extended until September 11, 2020. Similarly, loan periods for those who are not currently affiliated with LSU have been extended until September 11, 2020. Loan periods for graduate students who plan to return in the fall will be extended in June. Books can be returned in the overnight book drop slot located to the right of the entrance doors, which is available at any time. Email about borrowed LSU Library material or for questions about borrowed ILL material.

Research & Instruction Services

Research consultations are available remotely by appointment: Additionally, Research & Instruction Services librarians can develop research guides, tutorials, and information literacy sessions to support your online courses. Contact your subject specialist librarian for more information:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services

ILL is accepting requests for print books from faculty, staff, and graduate students. We are accepting requests for journal articles, book chapters, theses, and dissertations from all patrons. Book chapters and journal articles held in print in the LSU Library will be scanned in about 2 business days. If held by another library, they will arrive in 2-4 business days. Print books will arrive in about 1-3 weeks, depending on closures at other libraries. Pick-up hours for physical items are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning June 8.  Return your ILL materials to the overnight book drop slot located to the right of the entrance doors to the LSU Library, at any time. See the interlibrary loan homepage for more details.

Special Collections

Reference services are currently being provided remotely. This includes duplication and digitization of materials in the collections for both LSU affiliates and researchers from outside the university community. Researchers are also welcome to request video consultations. For any of these services, contact Special Collections using the web form at Staff respond to inquiries during business hours Monday through Friday. Use the web form if possible, as the phone lines will not be regularly staffed. View the Special Collections website for information about the library’s holdings:

Virtual online copyright drop-in sessions

Drop into a copyright session with Darcée Olson, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Policy Director, via Zoom, 8-noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. She can help clarify issues related to copyright, especially as you move your course materials online. Zoom link:

Cartographic Information Center

The Cartographic Information Center is closed to the public but the staff is responding to remote users' requests in the order they are received. Contact John Anderson at for assistance.

Williams Center for Oral History

The Center has suspended in-person interviewing. In-person interviews conducted after March 20 will not be accepted into the Center's collection, although there may be exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis. The Director will reach out to partners working on projects. Staff are working on ways to conduct virtual interviews that adhere to best practices. Questions or concerns can be directed to