Charles Triche, Dean of University Libraries, Office 215, (337) 482-6396
Susan Richard, Associate Dean of University Libraries, Office 215, (337) 482-6396
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 William S. Patout III 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 more than 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 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 24 networked computers; and the Gloria S. Cline Bibliographic Instruction SMART Classroom, which includes approximately 30 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 its catalog. Users 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.
Here at the library, our trained and professional faculty and staff members have interests and talents in many fields, which allow us to provide the highest quality service to you. We are making a constant effort to improve the University library system. The rapid growth of our collections and our use of the latest technologies in efficient library service, plus our work with faculty across the campus, all work together to assure you receive the finest in library service available.