Jefferson Caffery Reading Room
The Louisiana Room is a division of Special Collections in the Edith Garland Dupré Library at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This department contains the library's collection of materials relating to the university and Louisiana. Resources include agriculture, arts and literature, business and industry, education, history, politics and government, and graduate and undergraduate theses. Materials are available in the following formats: Louisiana Documents, books, periodicals, maps, microforms, DVDs, CDs, phonograph records, and vertical files.
Most Louisiana Room materials are housed in a 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 Documents, maps, and vertical files) may be found in indexes linked through the Special Collections website. Louisiana Documents are arranged by a document number according to subject. The Louisiana Map Collection contains 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. Vertical file indexes may be browsed in three individual categories: General, Louisiana Biographies, and University.
The Louisiana Room includes the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room, where the public may browse answers to general reference questions, family histories, and Louisiana history. All materials located in Special Collections must remain inside the Reading 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.