Visiting LaRC

The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) is part of the Tulane University Special Collections, located on the uptown campus of Tulane University. The Victor H. and Margaret G. Schiro Reading Room is located in Room 202, Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Street. For hours, see the LaRC Hours page. Jones Hall is directly across Newcomb Place from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, which is Tulane's main library.

Directions in New Orleans are complicated by the shape of the city forced on it by the Mississippi River. Instead of a classic Roman grid, most New Orleans streets curve to follow the shape of the river. Since the river can curve back upon itself, this causes some peculiar geographic anomalies. For example, to get to the Westbank area of New Orleans, you must drive east.

Therefore, instead of using north and south as directional terms, New Orleanians refer to:

  • "lakeside" (toward Lake Pontchartrain, which from most areas of the city is usually north)
  • "riverside" (toward the Mississippi River, which is sometimes south)
  • "downtown" (usually east, toward the French Quarter and the Central Business District)
  • and "uptown" (generally west, toward the Garden District and Tulane University)
Ride the Streetcar to LaRC!

New Orleans' famous St. Charles Avenue streetcar stops right in front of Tulane University. The fare is $1.25 each way (exact change required) or $5.00 per day for unlimited rides. In addition to bringing you to LaRC, the St. Charles streetcar will let you see some of the Garden District, Uptown, Audubon Park, the university area with Tulane and Loyola Universities, the River Bend shopping area, and of course, St. Charles Avenue itself, which is New Orleans' grandest address.

To find Jones Hall from the streetcar stop, exit the streetcar at the stop in front of Tulane University (you will also see the entrance to Audubon Park at the same stop across the street). Walk all the way through the upper campus to Freret Street, which is the first street you come to. Cross Freret, turn left on Freret, and Jones Hall will be about half a block up the street on your right.


Tulane University Special Collections is located on the uptown campus of Tulane University. We are located at 6801 Freret Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118. Our reading room is the Victor H. and Margaret G. Schiro Reading Room in Jones Hall, Room 202. Jones Hall is directly across Newcomb Place from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, which is Tulane's main library

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Campus Map

For more information about Tulane's campus, there are a number of campus maps. Please be advised that there are frequently construction projects on campus. Tulane University Special Collections is located in Jones Hall, on the uptown campus.

Jurassic Parking

Parking at Jones Hall is sometimes troublesome. All vehicles parked on the uptown campus between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, are required to display a University Parking Permit or park in a metered parking place. On weekends and other times, parking permits are not required.

Visitors may purchase a one-day parking pass at the Traffic Office during business hours and from the public safety dispatcher after hours. Visitors have the option to pay to park on the ground level of the Diboll Complex or use parking meters located throughout campus. Parking permits are not required when guests park in timed or metered spaces, provided the time limit is obeyed and the parking meter is not expired. Maximum time limits for parking meters are posted on each meter. The closest metered spaces are on Newcomb Circle, two blocks away. Please be aware that all metered spaces are for short-term parking only.

For additional parking information call 504-865-5381.

Please note that this is not part of the official web pages of the Tulane University Office of Public Safety, which supervises parking at Tulane University through its Office of Traffic Control.

Places to Stay

Researchers visiting the Tulane University Special Collections are eligible for the "Tulane Discount" at the Hampton Inn, St. Charles, which is on the streetcar line. Tulane University also offers several other suggestions for visitors.