The Architecture Library is a unit of Tulane University Libraries in association with the Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA). Collections are primarily focused on current architecture publications, but also include works related to urban design, sustainability, and historic preservation. With nearly 26,000 books and over 120 periodicals, the Architecture Library provides foundational and advanced resources for the study of the built environment.
The Library is located on Tulane University’s Uptown campus in the School of Architecture building, Richardson Memorial Hall. The expansive space accommodates individual and group study, with a view onto the university’s historic front quad. Public access computers, scanning, photographic and copying equipment are available to patrons.
Richardson Memorial Hall, Rm. 202
6823 St. Charles Ave.
For those interested in the built environment, there are several other important collections on the Tulane campus. Of particular interest to architecture students is the Southeastern Architectural Archive (SEAA), the largest repository of architectural drawings in the Gulf South region. For those interested in the history of Louisiana architecture, the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) provides access to published works and manuscript collections. The University Archives retains the official records of Tulane University and its academic schools and departments. Its holdings include architecture theses, school yearbooks, and historic photographs of campus buildings and social life.
Research Portals for Architecture Students
School of Architecture Theses
Current architecture theses are located in the Architecture Library. Older theses are located in the University Archives
Digital Media Archive
The Tulane University Digital Media Archive in LUNA integrates images from across the university with collections around the world. Login with a Tulane ID to access all available digital media collections: the Architecture Visual Media Archive, Middle American Research Institute, Newcomb Art Department, New Orleans Virtual Archive, and LUNA Commons collections. The new LUNA browser enables users to create dynamic presentations, link to and embed specific content, search and integrate Flickr content into presentations and access high resolution details. Users must login to download images as jpegs, or image groups as PowerPoint presentations. Use is restricted under the Fair Use clause of the Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code). The images are available for educational use only. Commercial use of any kind is strictly prohibited by law. This project was funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and supported by Tulane Technology Services.
The archive encompasses the traditional Slide Library and the School is in the process of digitizing the historic slide collection to make it accessible online through the LUNA browser. To learn more about using the Architecture Visual Media Archive please browse our flash LUNA-tutorials.
The School also has photography equipment which may be checked out by students to document their work. Students may check out the equipment from room 115 of Richardson Memorial Hall.