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About the Library
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Edith Garland Dupré Library is centrally situated on the main campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 400 E. St. Mary Blvd. The library is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. In 2000 two major construction projects were completed: (1) the renovation of the building which had existed since the middle of the 1960s and (2) an addition to the back of that building which resulted in double the amount of previous floor space. The Instructional Materials Center (IMC), a branch library, serves students and faculty from the University by providing materials to be used in classroom instruction on the elementary and secondary levels. It is located in Maxim Doucet Hall, Room 101. Other affiliated libraries include the Enterprise Sugar Library and the Hilliard University Art Museum.
 
Dupré Library recently added its one millionth bound volume (The Nature of Things at Lake Martin: exploring the Wonder of Cypress Island Preserve in Southern Louisiana by Nancy Camel) and has over 2 million microform units. Some 6,000 serial titles are currently under subscription, and backfiles are being collected in print and non-print format. Special collections include: U.S. government publications, Louisiana government publications, materials pertaining to the history and culture of Acadiana (in the Jefferson Caffery Louisiana Room), the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collections, the Ernest J. Gaines Center collection and the Rare Book Collection. Funds from a BORSF grant received in 2003 have been used to establish the Cajun and Creole Music Collection, a collection of commercial recordings of Cajun, Creole, zydeco and swamp pop music.
 
The library oversees the administration and supervision of several high traffic student computer labs. These include the STEP Lab, consisting of approximately 150 networked computers, printers, servers; the Reference Online Center, consisting of approximately twenty-four networked computers; and the Gloria S. Cline Bibliographic Instruction SMART Classroom, which includes approximately thirty computers, an operator’s workstation, telephone conferencing and projection equipment. As a service to the university’s graduate students, the library also provides a graduate study room equipped with six computers.
 
Most of the library's collections are available online through the library's catalog. Patrons may access the catalog over the Internet from home, office, or campus. Educational materials housed in the Instructional Materials Center may be searched separately or in conjunction with a search of Dupré Library’s holdings.
 
A trained professional and civil service staff with interests and talents in many fields provides high quality service to its patrons. Constant effort is being made to improve the University library system. The library is a member of the regional library organization, Lyrasis, which provides nationwide networked cataloging and other professional services. The rapid growth of the collection, the professional competence and interest of its staff, the utilization of the latest technologies in providing efficient library service and the active cooperation of the teaching faculty all work together to assure students and faculty of UL Lafayette the finest in library service available.
 
Mission and Vision Statements
Mission Statement
The mission of the Edith Garland Dupré Library, as an integral part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is to support fully the instructional and research programs of the University by providing access to information through the teaching, acquisition, organization, and preservation of information resources in all formats to the University's academic community, the region, and the state.
 
Vision Statement
Edith Garland Dupré Library, centrally located on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is an essential component of the academic and creative life of the institution. An expert and responsive staff will interact with faculty, staff, and students at multiple points in their research, teaching, learning, and publishing by providing high quality, innovative services. By creating a welcoming physical and virtual space, the Library will be an active and vibrant part of the UL Lafayette academic community. Edith Garland Dupré Library will continue to collect, preserve, and display the history and culture of the University as well as the community, the region, and the state.
 
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