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Color Our Collections Week!

It is Color Our Collections week! A week-long special collections coloring event inspired by the current coloring craze and the fabulous images found inside special collections worldwide. Organized by the New York Academy of Medicine and happening from February 1st through the 5th.

Follow this LINK to download, print, and color images from volume one of British zoologist John Gould’s publication The Birds of Great Britain.


Once you’ve colored your picture(s) share them to social media including the hashtags #ColorOurCollections and #loynosca!

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Today also happens to be the 135th anniversary of John Gould’s death. Gould was a British zoologist active throughout the mid-19th century and known chiefly for the over 3000 hand colored lithographs that he produced throughout his career. The first volume of The Birds of Great Britain, can be found in Special Collections & Archives at Loyola’s Monroe Library and online as part of our digital collections.

Follow these links to explore some of the other institutions participating in Color Our Collections Week and happy coloring!

See Also: More Libraries Participating in Color Our Collections Week

Wireless Projection

Would you like to use your laptop in a classroom with no strings attached? We have a device that will allow you to project from your laptop wirelessly! Plus, it will allow up to 4 laptops to project a “quad screen” so that both you and your students can project simultaneously. You can also connect iOS and Android devices with some limited functionality – images only. Contact Media Services, or x7120, to set up a demo.

QuickSearch is Here!

Introducing Loyola’s new discovery tool from EBSCO Discovery Service:

QuickSearch is a new customized searching experience based on the EBSCOhost interface you already know. Through a single search box on the library home page QuickSearch provides fast, simple access to content from hundreds of academic publishers, the library catalog, and our digital archives.

Click here for a video tutorial on using QuickSearch.

Report any problems using this form and we will follow up with you. Thank you for taking the time to help us improve the system.

Online Services Over Break

New in 2016 at the Monroe Library

The Monroe Library is undertaking some exciting upgrades to our
services.  We hope that these upgrades will provide even better
service and access to information resources for our users. Please note,
there may be some disruption to online services during the transition
time. If you are working on research that requires library services,
please plan for possible outages between Dec. 28 and Jan. 7. See the
schedule below for more detailed information.

The search box on the library homepage will lead you to a new searching
tool. Using QuickSearch, you can search a unified index of the
library's resources including books, online journal articles,
e-books, and more - all from one search box.

The new Journal Finder includes improved searching and easier navigation.
It allows you to search or browse all publications made available to you
by the library, regardless of the publisher.

The catalog will be moving to a new hosted solution that will allow us to
take advantage of some of the exciting new features being offered by our
catalog vendor.


        - December 28th: Journal Finder will be unavailable.

        - January 4-5th: The catalog will be unavailable as we move to a
new server.

        - January 7th: The search box on the homepage may be unavailable
as we transition to the new QuickSearch.

        Thank you for your patience during this transition. We look forward to
introducing these upgrades to improve online access to library resources.
Please contact us with questions and comments at

Test Prep Guides

New test preparation guides at the Monroe Library!

In cooperation with the Student Success Center, test preparation guides for the Dental Admission Test (DAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) are now available for you in the Monroe Library.  All guides are at the front Learning Commons Desk shelved with the books on reserve under “Test Prep”. They can be checked out for four hours with your Loyola ID. We will be adding more guides for more tests in the near future.

Also, don’t forget the Learning Express Library 3 with online tests for many admissions tests, occupational tests, TOEFL, and skill improvement tutorials.  Individual registration is required to use this service.

Spotlight on Collections: Robert Giroux Book Collection

Today is the 47th anniversary of the death of religious writer, social activist, and Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.



The intimate Merton : his life from his journals 1st pbk. ed.

Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) wrote on both Eastern and Western religious thought as well as meditations, journals, and essays on social justice and peace. He is considered one of the most important spiritual writers of the 20th Century. Merton’s best-known book is The Seven Storey Mountain, an autobiography about his childhood and subsequent conversion to Catholicism at age 23. Edited my Robert Giroux, this book went on to become a best seller with all Merton’s earnings going to the Gethsemani monastery in New Haven, Kentucky due to his vow of poverty upon entering the order.

Please follow this LINK to look at all the volumes by and about Thomas Merton as included in our Robert Giroux Book Collection.


Photo: Special Collections and Archives Loyola New Orleans

For an extensive bio on Merton please follow this LINK to the excellent one located at the Poetry Foundation.

This collection is available for research in the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:30.


Pop-up cookie parties are coming! The next time you’re in the library this finals season you just might look up to see a plate of homemade cookies coming your way…

Special Edition: Works of Charles Dickens

At some point in the holiday season one is sure to come across some sort of adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The definitive Christmas story has not only inspired numerous adaptations, but has also been influential on other works including It’s A Wonderful Life and The Grinch That Stole Christmas.

It's A Wonderful Life, CORBIS.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas, TV Guide.

If you find yourself wanting to read the novella for yourself this year, we have wonderfully luxurious copy here in library’s Special Collections and Archives. A Christmas Carol can be found in Christmas Books, Volume I as part of our 64 volume fine press edition Works of Charles Dickens. There were only 10 copies of this set created in 1900, with this set being bound especially for J. Alice Maxwell of Rockville, Connecticut.

All 64 volumes are encased in full red morocco leather with gilt edges, three raised bands on the spine, gold lettering and gold floral tooling. The set looks rather festive just sitting on the shelf, but once you open the volumes the extravagance continues with front and rear covers bound in red and blue morocco leather and matching leather end papers personalized with  J. Alice Maxwell’s signature stamped in gold.




The volumes are heavily illustrated with photogravures, facsimiles, etchings, and original watercolors.


Works of Charles Dickens, photogravure by Fredrick Barnard, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.


Works of Charles Dickens, facsimile of the first page of the original manuscript.


Works of Charles Dickens, etching by John Leech, The Last of The Spirits.


Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Scrouge.

The watercolors are of particular interest since they are actual watercolors bound into the volumes.


Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Tilly Slowboy from The Cricket On The Hearth.


Works of Charles Dickens, watercolor, Trotty Veck from The Chimes.

Please feel free to come and see this amazing turn of the century example of limited edition fine press publishing in the Special Collections and Archives Booth-Bricker Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9:00 to 4:30 pm.

Collection Spotlight: Anthony J. Stanonis Collection

Anthony J. Stanonis received a B.A. in history from Loyola University New Orleans in 1997, then an M.A. in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2003, both in history, from Vanderbilt University. Stanonis’s research interests have centered on the cultural and economic implications of urban tourism. While researching the history of tourism in New Orleans for his dissertation, he acquired an assortment of artifacts generated by that city’s tourist industry. His research resulted in the publication of his book, Creating the Big Easy: New Orleans and the Emergence of Modern Tourism, 1918-1945, published in 2006 by the University of Georgia Press.

This collection comprises Stanonis’s personal acquisitions of materials pertaining to the New Orleans tourist industry. It includes guides, maps, brochures, books, and other literature put out by public and private groups and businesses, spanning roughly from 1902 to 1960.

Special Collections & Archives, located on the third floor of Monroe Library, is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.


Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Get Figgy With It!

Celebrate National Fig Week by learning a little about the fig and exploring these recipes found in our copy of the Picayune’s Creole Cook Book!


The Picayune Creole cook book (4th ed.). (1910?). New Orleans, La.: The Times-Picayune


The Picayune Creole cook book (4th ed.). (1910?). New Orleans, La.: The Times-Picayune

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The Picayune Creole cook book (4th ed.). (1910?). New Orleans, La.: The Times-Picayune

Fig trees (Ficus carica) are one of the earliest fruit trees cultivated by humans. Figs are not only delicious, they are also a fruit of legend, literature, and the sacred.


Condit, I. (1947). The fig. Waltham, Mass.: Chronica Botanica.

The fig tree is employed in Greek (Sykeus) and Roman (Bachus) Mythology, Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, Charles Dickens’s Dombey and Son, Shakespeare’s Henry V., the Bible, and numerous others references and symbolic uses abound. Just start searching and you will find yourself following the “red thread” of the fig tree and its relationship with man.


Condit, I. (1947). The fig. Waltham, Mass.: Chronica Botanica.

Most of us primarily look to the fig for nourishment and the subtropical climate of Southern Louisiana is favorable for growing fig trees for just this purpose. These recipes take advantage of this easily grown and found bounty.

To learn more about the fig in Louisiana, follow these links from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center to learn more about Louisiana figs and how to grow them.

And of course… Bon appetit!

You can view this book and many others in our lovely Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, Monday-Friday from 9-4:30.