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Louisiana Room

Jefferson Caffery Reading Room
Jefferson Caffery Reading Room

The Louisiana Room is a division of Special Collections of the Edith Garland Dupré Library at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and contains the library's collection of materials relating to Louisiana and the university. Resources include agriculture, arts and literature, business and industry, education, history, politics and government, and graduate and undergraduate theses. The various materials are available through Louisiana Documents, books, periodicals, maps, microforms, DVDs, CDs, phonograph records, and vertical files.

Most Louisiana Room materials are housed in closed stacks and are not available for public browsing, but can be requested at the Special Collections reference desk. Published and cataloged materials can be found through the online Library Catalog, while uncataloged resources (Louisiana state documents, maps, and vertical files) may be found in indexes linked through the Special Collections website. Louisiana state documents are organized by Louisiana document number according to subject. The Louisiana Map Collection contains over 25,000 state and local maps, both current and historical. Vertical files consist of clippings from various Louisiana newspapers that have been organized topically for quicker access. Indexes for these files may be browsed in three categories: General, University, and Biographies.

The Louisiana Room includes the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room, an area where the public may browse three collections of materials: Reference, Genealogy, and Louisiana Law. These resources can be used for researching quick answers to general reference questions, family histories, and Louisiana statutes and law reviews. However, all materials located in Special Collections must remain in the Louisiana Room and cannot be taken outside of the department.

The Reading Room also contains a microfilm reader/printer, overhead scanner, photocopier (requires student or faculty I.D. card - 7 cents per copy), VCR, audio cassette tape deck, CD player, turntable, a small lounging area, exhibits, portraits, and computers for searching the online catalog.