Mar 20, 2023  
2013-2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog 
2013-2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Libraries


The main library at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Edith Garland Dupre’ Library, is located at the center of the campus. The recently renovated, 288,000 square foot, three story structure seats approximately 3,000 people. The library’s cataloged collection presently contains over 1,066,581 volumes and over 2,000,000 microform items. Approximately 1,734 serial titles are currently received. The SIRSI database is functional within the library or from office or home. The library is currently developing its learning commons, the focal point of which is its coffee shop, Jazzman’s, which is located at the rear of the first floor of the building.

The Special Collections Department houses unique materials useful for research. Microforms contain newspapers, magazines, books etc. which have been reproduced in micro format. The Louisiana Room contains over 40,000 volumes, serials, newspapers (in both newsprint and on microform), maps, videotapes, vertical files, and material in other formats relating to Louisiana. The Genealogy and the Legal collections are available for browsing. It is also a depository for Louisiana State Documents. The Cajun and Creole Music Collection and the Ernest J. Gaines Center are both located at the reafrof the third floor. These collections contain pertinent information relating to Ernest J. Gaines and Cajun and creole music.

The Southwestern Archives and Manuscripts Collection contains the records of the University, including the papers from the Office of the President. The collections include the papers of many prominent members of the Acadiana community and also includes extensive photograph collections. There is also a growing oral history collection. Most of the tapes are of people related to the University, but there are also many people from the Acadiana Community.

A highly trained professional library faculty and staff with interests in many fields is provided to give the best library service. A constant effort is made to improve the University library system. Recent additions to the library have been the creation of the Enterprise Sugar Library, located at MA Patout and Sons sugar refinery in Patoutville as well as the University Art Museum Library, located on the second floor of the University Art Museum. Both branch libraries are searchable through the library’s online catalog.

The Library utilizes a computerized circulation system for record keeping and is a member of Lyrasis, which assists in database procurement and management as well as OCLC , which provides computerized cataloging. The rapid growth of the collection, the professional competence and interest of the library faculty and staff, the utilization of the latest techniques in providing efficient library service, and the active cooperation of the teaching faculty all work together to assure students and faculty of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette the finest library assistance available.

Additional information regarding library facilities, holdings, and services is available on our website.