The university's nine libraries, which hold over 7 million volumes and 16,000 periodicals, include the main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library with branch collections in architecture and natural history, and separately administered libraries of law, medicine, business, mathematics, and primate research. Special collections include the William Ranson Hogan Jazz Archive, the Maxwell Music Library, the Southeastern Architectural Archive, the Latin American Library, the Louisiana Collection of Historical Materials, The Amistad Research Center, and the university archives.
The Rudolph Matas Library is named for the distinguished surgeon and alumnus of the school of medicine, Rudolph Matas, and was founded in 1844. The Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences (Matas Library) serves as the primary resource library for the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The library supports the teaching, research, and patient care functions of the health sciences programs through the acquisition, organization and dissemination of biomedical information. Matas Library features a Public Health Portal that conveniently culls together global public health research resources in one place.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, the general library of the university, includes holdings of 1,250,000 volumes and contains a number of special areas including government documents, newspapers and microfilm, the Latin American Library, the Louisiana Collection, the Maxwell Music Library, Science, and Engineering Division.
Other nearby libraries include libraries of the Louisiana State University health sciences center, the University of New Orleans, the New Orleans public library system, the Law Library of Louisiana, and the Library of Agricultural Research, U.S. Department of Agriculture.