Special Collections Instruction: Planning a Class

Are you interested in incorporating active learning with archival materials into your students' classroom experience? We are here to help! Special Collections librarians welcome opportunities to give customized presentations on primary source research, the history of books and printing, and the material culture of books, among other topics. We are also happy to offer advice on materials to include in your own presentations and to assist in developing course-based activities involving rare books and manuscripts. 

To learn more about the instructional services we offer and view sample activities and assignments, please see our guide to Teaching with Special Collections.

The library's Lecture Hall contains a computer and projector and can accomodate up to about 80 students. For smaller groups not requiring media setup, the McIlhenny Room is available. To schedule a visit, please contact John Miles, Curator of Books, at johnmiles@lsu.edu. The instruction calendar fills up fast, so we advise you to schedule class visits as early in the semester as possible. We prefer a minimum of two weeks' advance notice.

Teaching in Special Collections

Students view materials in the Lecture Hall during a class visit.

Teaching in Special Collections

Class instruction space in the McIlhenny Room.