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Public Services

The Public Services Department is one of two academic units in the University Libraries; the other is Technical Services.

Public Services encompasses the following areas:

Each of these areas supports the research and educational needs of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette community by providing access to library materials and spaces as well as instruction for utilizing materials and resources to the fullest extent and engaging library users through the services provided by the faculty and staff of Dupré Library.

Circulation Services

Circulation Services provides friendly and courteous service to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette community and the general public in lending library materials. Additionally, staff members are responsible for answering directional questions, maintaining copy machines, stack maintenance, and the group study rooms and individual study carrels.

Materials may be checked out with a current validated University of Louisiana at Lafayette ID. Find out how visitors can borrow library materials.

Loan periods for most materials is 21 days, but there are exceptions.

Renewals of library materials are allowed as long as there has been no request for that material by any other user. Materials that are not overdue can be renewed in-person, by phone, or by contacting with the request. Include your ULID in all correspondence. Overdue materials will need to be renewed in-person.

Holds may be placed only on materials that are currently checked out, not items available on the shelf, lost or missing. Overdue materials fines are $0.25 per day, per item. Maximum fine after 30 days is $10.00 per item. Cajun Cash must be used to pay fines.

View Circulation Services for more information or contact the Circulation Desk at (337) 482-6025.

Distance Learning

Distance learning students and instructors are entitled to library services and resources equivalent to those offered on campus.

Services for Distance Students include reference and research assistance, access to all library online holdings, article and book delivery of materials not available in full-text online, borrowing resources from other Louisiana Institutions via LOUIS Reciprocal Borrowing Card, and borrowing journal articles from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan.

Services for Distance Instructors include reference assistance and library instruction, embedding a librarian into a Moodle course, adding library resources to a Moodle course, and requesting a subject or course-specific research guide.

View Distance Learning Services, Research Guide for Distance Learners, and Research Guide for Distance Instructors for more information on the many ways Dupré Library supports the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s distance learning community.

Instructional Services

The Instructional Services Department dedicates to the design, delivery, testing, and continual improvement of library instruction to ensure students and faculty are aware of and can effectively use information resources to achieve their research goals. Effective bibliographic and information literacy instruction reflects the University’s primary purposes of teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and public service.

A variety of instructional formats are available including general and specialized library instruction sessions, research appointments for students and faculty, embedded information resources for faculty, self-paced instruction modules, and English 305, a one-credit-hour course covering basic and advance library research techniques.

View Instructional Services for more information. To schedule an instructional session or research appointment, use the Instructional Request Form, or contact Tiffany Ellis, Senior Instructor and Instruction Librarian, at (337) 482-5123 or

Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan Department supports the research and educational needs of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette community by providing access to materials not held in the library’s collections. The department conducts all transactions in accordance with the Louisiana Interlibrary Loan Code, the National Interlibrary Loan Code, ALA Interlibrary Loan Code, and U.S. Copyright regulations.

View Interlibrary Loan Services or ILL Borrowing Policy & Procedures for more information.

Reference & Research Services

The Reference & Research Services Department is here to help users use the library’s print and online resources to find the information needed. Librarians can advise about research options in person at the Reference Desk, by telephone, and via email, text, chat, and Zoom.

The department also provides the following services:

View Reference & Research Services for more information or Ask a Librarian.

User Engagement

The goal of user engagement at Dupré Library is to form collaborative relationships within the University community and to design and promote a variety of events and activities that are relevant, interesting and meaningful to audiences of different ages, backgrounds, and educational levels. Inspiring returning and attracting new users to the library is done through the coordination of outreach efforts, social media, and publicity.

View User Engagement Services for more information or contact Tiffany Ellis, Senior Instructor and Head of User Engagement and Instruction Librarian, at or (337) 482-5123. The library adds new events frequently.


Blair Stapleton Jones | Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Public Services
(337) 482-1173 |