Beginning May 17
Research Guide

May 2021

City Archives & Special Collections
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112

Research Services         Requesting Materials         Scheduling Appointments        

Guidelines for Materials         Duplication         Circulation        

Digital Resources

Research Services

    The Archives continues to provide expanded research and reference services to our patrons to assist with research, paper and digital copies and answer questions.

    Please email or call 504-596-2610 for remote research assistance. Mail requests will be accepted as well.

    Requests will be reviewed and responded to from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

    A response should be provided within three business days.

Requesting Materials

    Researchers can inquire about the availability of materials in the Archives by calling 504-596-2610 or by emailing

    In order to maximize your research time in the archives, materials should be requested prior to your visit. Only materials retrieved prior to your visit will be available for research. We may not be able to retrieve additional items during an appointment

    Please review the Guidelines for Materials for information about materials in the collection.

    Once the request has been processed, we will notify you by email when the requested items are available, explain the restrictions on materials to you, if any exist, and ask you to schedule an appointment. Pleae include preferred appointment times in your request, and we will accomadate where possible.

Scheduling Appointments

    Researchers can request an appointment at the Archives by calling 504-596-2610 or emailing

    Appointments are available:

    • Monday to Thursday
    • 10:00 am-12:00 pm
    • 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
    • 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

    • Friday
    • 10:00 am-12:00 pm
    • 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

    • Closed Saturday and Sunday

    • Due to demand open appointments may not be available at each time slot.

    Advanced appointments should be made to ensure availability.

    Appointments are not available for general computer or space usage. Please visit the first floor of the Main Library for computers and public use space.

    Group appointments and tours are not available at this time.

    Due to demand the Archives may not be able accommodate to multiple appointment requests at a time.

    Please arrive on time, as we may not be able to extend research sessions If you will be late or need to cancel an appointment, call or email prior to your appointment time.

    New appointments should be requested at least 3 working days in advance to ensure availability. Please include your preferred date/s for visiting the City Archives/Special Collections, and we will accommodate it if possible.


    The majority of materials can be photographed by patrons using non-flash photography. City Archives & Special Collections staff will make the final determination on an item's suitability for reproduction.

    Microfilm can be viewed, photocopied or scanned creating a digital image. If you would like to create a scan from microfilm, please bring a USB flash drive.

    Photocopiers and scanners are not available to researchers. You may use your own camera or mobile device for duplication purposes.

    Only blueprints can be sent off-site for duplication, within Archives guidelines. There is a 50.00 handling fee and a digital copy must be provided to the Archives. Contact the department prior to scheduling a pick-up


    Materials in the collection do not circulate and are available for use in the City Archives & Special Collections only.

    Materials are not available for Interlibrary Loan.

    If you need to check out materials

    Digital Resources

    Resources available for free on the internet or with your New Orleans Public Library Card. These include researching genealogy, proprty and local history among others.Please email or call with any questions.

    Sources For Remote Research

    E-Resources available with your library card includes books, audio books, and magazines. There are many titles, both fiction and non-fiction, focusing on New Orleans and the surrounding area.

    City Archives & Special Collections Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Our pages features content from our collections including images, exhibits and collection highlights.

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