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Visitors to Special Collections


Dupré Library welcomes visitors to use Special Collections materials. These materials include those identified in the Dupré Library Catalog by:

Guides available on the individual department pages can identify other uncataloged materials.

Special Collections materials must be used in the reading area of the specific collection since materials do not circulate. The collections do not permit general browsing.

Visitors who wish to use materials require a current validated University of Louisiana at Lafayette ID, driver’s license, or other picture ID. The exception is the U.S. Government Documents Collection where the collection permits browsing and visitors can borrow materials with a current validated University of Louisiana at Lafayette ID.

Access Hours

Be aware that most Special Collections departments observe limited hours of access. Visitors should contact the department in advance to make the best use of their time while in Dupré Library. Staff members can advise researchers on the availability of materials and other relevant collections, as well as hours of opening.

Jefferson Caffery Reading Room Policy

For more information on rules and regulations of the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room, view the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room User Policy.

Special Collections Policy

For more information about Special Collections, view the Special Collections Policy.


Visitors may register their devices for guest access to the University's wireless network. Refer to the University IT Service Desk's "Guest Access to Wireless Network," which contains steps on how to connect.


For help or more information, contact the individual departments:

University Archives & Acadiana Manuscripts Collection
(337) 482-6031 | 3rd Floor | Room 314

Louisiana Room
(337) 482-6031 | 3rd Floor | Room 314

Rare Book Collection
(337) 482-6031 | 3rd Floor | Room 314

Cajun & Creole Music Collection
(337) 482-1174 | 3rd Floor | Room 386

Ernest J. Gaines Center
(337) 482-1848 | 3rd Floor | Room 383

U.S. Government Information
(337) 482-1174 | 1st Floor

(337) 482-6025 | 1st Floor

[ Last Revised on Jan. 29, 2024 ]