Overview of Library Resources

Open http://www.lib.lsu.edu/comprehensive.html in another browser window to work through this tutorial side by side.

This tutorial will cover:

  • Types of resources available through the library
  • How to check out books
  • How to get help with research
  • Conducting research from off-campus
  • Accessing books and articles not at the LSU Libraries

Libraries on LSU's Campus

There are several libraries on campus, the main library (Middleton), special collections (Hill Memorial Library), the map library (Cartographic Information Center), and two other subject specialized libraries, the Law Library and the Veterinary Medicine Library. We will focus on the materials available from our main library in this tutorial.

The web page on the right displays all the different departments and units within the LSU Libraries. Click on the header "LSU" in the gray bar to get to our main web page.

Library Resources

Library Resources Include:

  • Over 3 million print volumes
  • Around 500 databases
  • > 30,000 online/print journals
  • Microfiche/microfilm
  • Ebooks
Our online catalog is the portal to this information.  You can access that by clicking on the yellow "Catalog" tab.  

Computer Labs

Middleton Computer Labs

There are several hundred computers available, both Macs and PC's.  The main lab is in room 141.  There are also laptops and I-Pads available for checkout from the circulation desk.  The majority of campus is wireless, and print jobs can be sent directly from laptops. 

Library Tour

Finding Your Way Around

A self guided tour is available from the Research and Instruction Services Department's website.  To get there, click on "Departments" from the purple bar, then "Research & Instruction Services."  Once you are on the Reference web page, click on "Research & Instruction Services Handouts."  From here, click on "Self-Guided Walking Tour."

Checking out Materials

Checking out Materials

  • Faculty, students, and staff have borrowing privileges;
  • Books, journals, cameras, laptops, clickers, tablets, etc. can be checked out!
  • Graduate students can reserve study carrels, while all LSU students can reserve study rooms

You WILL need your LSU ID card for any of these transactions.

 Middleton Circulation Policies

Different groups of users have different checkout periods. 

Undergraduates = 1 month
Graduate Students = 90 days
Faculty = 1 semester

Getting Help

Need Assistance? Ask a Librarian 

Click on "Help" in the purple bar. Then click on "Ask Us!". You can also click on "Ask Us!" under the yellow tab "Help" tab on the homepage.

You can see all the different ways to ask us questions on this page. 

If you’re in the library, stop by Research Desk on the first floor of Middleton Library. Here, you can nearly always find a librarian willing to answer your questions and give you some guidance with your research.

Researching from Off Campus

Conduct research off-campus

  • LSU Libraries offers many digital resources available from off campus
  • You need your LSU e-mail ID and password to access databases

To see the electronic materials that are available remotely, click on the "LSU Libraries" again in the purple bar.  This will take you back to the main Middleton Library website.  From this page, you can click on "Databases" to see the list of resources you will be able to access.  The databases are in two categories, by subject, and frequently used databases.  See this tutorial for more information on selecting a database.

Materials not at LSU

Access books & articles NOT at LSU

Faculty, students, and staff can use the Interlibrary Loan services.  The form can be found by clicking on "Departments" and then "Interlibrary Loan."  If you have never used this service before, and would like to set up and account, click on "Set-up an ILLiad Account." 

Graduate students and faculty members can also use Ingenta to order articles from periodicals not owned by LSU.

Other Services

 Other Library Services

Include Government Documents in the basement of Middleton Library,  Music Resources, Education Resources and the Oral History Center.  Links to all of these units can be found on the LSU Libraries Departments and Units web page.

Need additional help? Ask us!

We hope to see you soon in the LSU Libraries!















Research Department Updated 6/14

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