Louisiana Division/City Archives
Special Collections

Visiting the Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections

Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112
504-596-2610 archivist@nolalibrary.org.

Louisiana Division City Archives & Special Collections

The Division collects, through purchase and gift, resources relating to the study of Louisiana and its citizens. Other areas of interest include the Mississippi River, the Gulf of Mexico, and the South. Included are books by or about Louisianians; city, regional, and state documents; manuscripts, maps, newspapers, periodicals, microfilms, photographs, slides, video tapes, postcards, and ephemera of every sort. The Genealogy Collection contains books, periodicals and microfilms with emphasis on the Southeast United States, Nova Scotia, France, and Spain.

The City Archives is the official repository of the records of New Orleans municipal government, housing records dating from 1769-present. The archives also holds the records of the Orleans Parish civil (1804-1926) and criminal (1830-1932) courts.

Other Special Collections maintained by the Division are the Rare Vertical File, the Carnival Collection, the Louisiana and New Orleans Photograph Collection, the Map Collection, the Menu Collection, the Postcard Collection, the Manuscript Collection, and the Rare Book Collection.

Location and Hours

The department is on the third floor of the Main Library, located at 219 Loyola Avenue in the Central Business District. We are across Duncan Plaza from City Hall.

The department is open the same hours and the Main Library and is closed on the same schedule as well.

  • Monday to Thursday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Getting Here

The Main Library is accessible by public transportation, including both bus and streetcar. You can review the RTA schedules to determine the best route.

The library does not provide parking for visitors. Metered parking is available on the streets around the library. There are various paid garages and street level lots in the area.

What to Bring

Patrons are allowed to use paper, pencil, and electronic devices such as phones, pads and laptops while using the collection.

A flash drive is needed if you will be creating digital copies of microfilm.

Food and Drinks are not allowed in the Louisiana Division.


All patrons using original items or other specific materials are asked to complete a short registration form and provide picture ID.

We are a public repository and do not require any type of letter or credentials for patrons to use the collection.

Accessing Items

The process for requesting items can be found on our website thru the Research Guide.

Visitors do not need a New Orleans Public Library card to view items or use our databases while at the library.

Most books, state and city documents and microfilms may be used without restrictions within the reading room. Louisiana Division materials do not circulate.

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