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 McIlhenny Room is our primary instruction space, with seating for roughly fifty students, a large-screen monitor, lectern, and a white board, as well as display tables with ample space for library materials. An adjacent seminar space is also available for smaller classes. Larger groups of up to one hundred can be accomadated in the building's large lecture hall.  

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 of advance notice, but will work our best to accomodate any requests.

A visit to Special Collections.

Students view materials during a class visit.

McIlhenny room panoramic.

Class instruction space in the McIlhenny Room.