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Instructional Services Policy

Edith Garland Dupré Library offers a variety of instructional formats: research appointments for students and faculty, general and specialized library tours and a one-hour credit course covering advanced library research techniques, databases, U.S. Government Publications, Special Collections and the Internet. The Library Instruction Department operates within Reference Services and is committed to the pursuit and promotion of education primarily through library instruction. Effective library instruction reflects the university's primary purposes of teaching, learning, scholarship, research and public service.


Our primary patrons are the students, faculty and staff of the university. Library instruction will also be provided on a limited basis to other areas of the general public, with a preference for educational groups such as area high schools. Members and affiliates of the University will be given priority in the scheduling and provision of services.


  • To provide library orientation and instruction to groups demonstrating the effective utilization of the available library resources and services;
  • To provide current and effective instruction in the form of print and online resource handouts, tutorials and database guides; and
  • To provide effective classroom instruction targeted to the specific level of the user's sophistication and needs, as established in advance by collaboration between the library instructor and course instructor.


The Gloria S. Cline Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory

Named for a former library director, the Gloria S. Cline Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory is a SMART Classroom designed to facilitate library instruction. The lab is used for library instruction only. Approximately 30 computers are available for hands-on use. Capacity is 30 users. Individuals requesting use of the Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory for library instruction must contact Instructional Services Librarian Jeremiah Paschke-Wood at (337) 482-1160. Special hardware or software installations require at least a five-day notice.

Reference Online Center (ROC)

The ROC is located adjacent to the Reference Desk. This lab provides 24 computers for research: searching of reference online databases, the library's online catalog and U.S. government information resources. Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) fees provide printing availability to UL Lafayette-affiliated users. Preference for use of computers in the Reference Online Center is given to researchers accessing the library's online catalog and databases and government information resources. For more information, see ROC Policies.

Requesting Library Instruction

General and specialized library instruction for university classes as well as off-campus groups, must be scheduled in advance through the Instructional Services Librarian. Non-university groups such as high schools are encouraged to schedule tours or instruction sessions during intersession. Classes coming to the library for an instructional session should have an assignment or project they are actively working on. See the library instruction request page for more details.

Any questions regarding this policy should currently be directed to the Assistant Dean of Public Services.