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Do you have all the resources you’ll need?

Our InterLibrary Loan service (ILLiad) can provide you with articles and books that are not available here in the Monroe Library.  Articles normally arrive within two to five days, but may take longer. Books often arrive within two to three weeks, but may take longer.  Be sure place your requests soon so you can take advantage of this great service!  Check out our FAQs or ask at the Learning Commons desk for more information.

New and Improved in the Library

Print journals are now organized in one coherent section.  On the second floor of the library, you will find current and bound journals shelved together and organized by title in alphabetical order.  Looking for a specific title?  Try out our Journal Finder or ask at the Learning Commons desk for more information.

Take Research and Technology 2.0 this summer

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Learn to research this summer by taking the library’s one-credit course. Research and Technology 2.0 is offered online this summer. Contact Malia Willey ( for more information.

Course Description:

Research expertise and proficiency are core expectations throughout academia and its varied disciplines, but they have broader applications as life skills that are increasingly valued and recognized within the professional realm. In this class, the broad range of critical issues relevant to successful research, along with practical, step-by-step techniques for using electronic resources, will make you discerning and reflective information consumers and citizens.

Who’s Your Librarian Superhero?

Gale is holding a competition to see who is the greatest library superhero! Interim Dean Deborah Poole has already placed one nomination.

“I nominate Teri Gallaway, Systems and Metadata Initiatives Coordinator @ the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola Univ New Orleans. A super hero of extraordinary powers. In addition to jumping tall buildings at a single bound, Teri solves the most complex problems (and actually enjoys doing so!). Teri demonstrates her super-human strength and x-ray future vision as web coordinator, instructor, liaison, systems guru, learning commons counselor, and strategic planner. From setting up online serials to classroom teaching, Teri is a blended librarian par excellence! Ever-generous and enthusiastic, Teri, along with her team of superheroes, (and 1/2 of a dynamic duo) demonstrates the power of libraries to inform, educate, and inspire.”

Four librarians will be selected from your submissions and turned into cartoon superheros. Winners will be featured on a metal lunch box and unveiled at ALA in New Orleans. Just post your nomination as a new wall post on the “Are You a Librarian Superhero” facebook page.

The Monroe Library is full of librarian superheros. Who’s yours?

Diboll Gallery: Harold Baquet ‘In the Blink of an Eye’

Copyright: Harold Baquet, Loyola University

Copyright: Harold Baquet, New Orleans, LA

From February 3 to March 24, 2011 ‘In the Blink of an Eye: a retrospective by Harold Baquet’ will be on display at the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery. The Gallery is located on the fourth floor of the Monroe Library.

Opening lecture: Thursday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m.
Miller Hall, Room 114

Exhibit opening to follow lecture in Collins C. Diboll Gallery, fourth
floor, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library

For more information, please go to

This just in: Historical Times-Picayune available online!

Times Picayune

The Monroe Library has added the New Orleans Times-Picayune Online 1923-1987 to its collection! Through our website, Loyola students, faculty, and staff are able to access each digitally reproduced issue, including individual articles, photographs, and advertisements. Users are able to search the full-text of all issues or browse issues by date.

Individual pages and entire issues can be downloaded as PDFs for use.

Over 21,000 issues are included from 1923-1987 (please note that some issues are not available). Click the link to give it a try:

For more information about this service, contact Jim Hobbs at 504-864-7126 ( or ask at the Monroe Library Learning Commons Desk!

The Common Grounds Cafe: Good Honest Coffee Since 2004

Enjoy a cup!

Coffee is back!  Located to the right of the front doors when you enter the library, the Common Grounds Café has a variety of hot and cold drinks and biscotti. If you’re feeling eco-friendly, buy one of our lovely Monroe Library mugs and get a free brew!

We’re open 8AM-9PM Monday – Thursday and 8AM-6PM Friday, so we’ve got your caffeine needs covered from morning to night.


Large Small
Coffee $1.75 $1.50
Hot Chocolate $1.75 $1.50
Tea $1.65 $1.35
Biscotti $1.50
Mochasippi $2.00
Library Mug $2.00

Hang out and watch some TV while taking a break from studying, or take your drink on the go so you can hit those books.  Come see us, and remember: Happiness is coffee shaped.

Banned Books Week September 25 – October 2, 2010

Poster by Camden Forgia

Everyone knows that librarians are tough, gritty, rogue characters who will fight to the death in defense of the First Amendment. But did you know that the last week of September, librarians and readers everywhere celebrate the freedom to read? That’s right folks, September 25th marks the first day of Banned Book Week, a national event where we commemorate and celebrate books that have been challenged or banned by bookstores, schools, and libraries across the nation. Some famous banned books you may have heard of include J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, and even Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series.

Banned Books Week began in 1982 as a response to a sudden increase in the number of book challenges happening across the country. The ALA defines a challenge as an attempt to remove or restrict materials, and a ban as the removal of those materials. While book challenges may come from a sincere and well-meaning attempt to protect readers from content that may be deemed too sexual, violent, profane, or offensive, the line between protection and censorship is a fine one. The ALA states that only parents have the rights and responsibility to restrict what their own children read, so libraries fight censorship by refusing to ban books.

So what can you do to celebrate Banned Books Week? You can come to the Monroe Library and see our display of banned books, check out the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books, or find a Banned Books event either local or online. For more information, visit the American Library Association’s Banned and Challenged Books page and Banned Books Week.


The WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) tutors are back in the library!  You can normally find a WAC tutor in Bobet Hall, Room 100, but you can also find tutors in the Monroe Library!

Here’s their schedule:

Monday:  11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday:  9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 2:00 – 3:30 & 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thursday:  9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday:  10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Baffled by where to put commas? Don’t know if your thesis is focused enough?  WAC tutors can assist you with all your writing needs.

It’s a one-stop-shop for research at the Monroe Library!  Talk to a librarian, gather your research, analyze your resources, write your paper, visit a WAC tutor, use our citation software and voila!  You’re set!

We’re Hiring!

Welcome back!  We hope you had interesting and intriguing summers — the library was a quiet place without all of you here!

And now we’re hiring!  If you have a Work Study award, and are interested in working in the library, please contact Emily McWilliams at 864-7051 or  You can also stop by her office in 301A between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The library is open 116 hours every week, so we can surely fit you into our schedule!

Hope to see you on our side of the desk!