The general collections provide a core of resources in the humanities, social sciences, and science and engineering. This includes millions of print volumes in the main library building and at a large off-site storage facility. It also includes non-print formats at the main library such as microforms and music or media recordings.

Special Collections are located in Jones Hall across from the main library building and each collection is a major cultural resource on its own.  This includes the Louisiana Research Collections, the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive, the Southeastern Architectural Archive, and University Archives.

The Latin American Library is among the world's foremost library collections for Latin American Studies. Located on the 4th floor of the main library, its scope covers most subject disciplines for all of Latin America and the Caribbean. It houses a circulating collection, rare books, manuscripts, an image archive, maps, and rubbings of Mayan stelae.

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library today maintains an unusually large array of digital resources that includes many thousands of ejournals, ebooks, and hundreds of databases full of current research material or historical content.  The library is also actively digitizing selected portions of its own unique collections. 

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