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LSU’s first edition of Isaac Newton’s Opticks

Optiks 1 Cropped

In 1704, physicist Isaac Newton published his second major book, Opticks: or a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two Treatises of the Species and Magnitude of Curvilinear Figures. Considered one of history’s great scientific

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Special Collections to host book talk and reception for The Golden Band from Tigerland: A History of LSU’s Marching Band

Mike the Tiger and tuba player, 1980 Gumbo.

LSU football season is upon us, and that means game-day traditions like the march down Victory Hill, the goosebumps-inducing Pregame Salute, and “Hey Fightin’ Tigers,” all courtesy of the celebrated Golden Band from Tigerland. Kick off Homecoming Week and join

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The world of French in Special Collections


As might be expected in a state with a strong and longstanding connection to all things French, LSU Libraries Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library houses a wide range of French-language materials, dating from the 16th century to the present.

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History and beauty: The development of LSU’s campus

By 1950, the campus landscape was maturing and beginning to be recognizable to present-day eyes.  Steele Burden began planting trees and creating gardens in the early 1930s on what was once pasture and farmland.  Burden planted most of the trees and other plants shown here, except for the grove near the Pentagon Barracks (upper right), the Memorial Oak Grove (center left, planted in 1926), and the trees along Highland Road.  Note the gardens behind the Faculty Club (center) and the old President’s House (immediately to the left).  How many buildings do you recognize? (LSU Photograph Collection)

The idea for Louisiana State University’s present campus was envisioned by President Thomas Boyd in the early 1900s. The former Baton Rouge military post, a 200-acre complex that served as LSU’s campus from 1886 to 1925, had been adequate.  By

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Individual study spaces now available


Students can now book individual study spaces located on the third and fourth floors of Middleton Library for the entire day, with a maximum reservation length of 2 weeks. Thirty-five individual study spaces are available for booking. Students book individual

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LSU Libraries Special Collections is world-class when it comes to landscape architecture

Magnolia Macrophylia Big Leaf Magnolia

One of the LSU Libraries Special Collections‘ remarkable treasures is a spectacular collection of 232 Margaret Stones watercolor drawings depicting “Native Flora of Louisiana.” The collection is unparalleled in any other state, and just one of the resources Special Collections

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Labor Day weekend hours

Libraries Hours

LSU Libraries will be open limited hours this weekend in observance of Labor Day holiday. Middleton Library and Hill Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. The day of Labor Day, Middleton Library will open

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Dean’s Advisory Council formed

Ty Hingle, chair of the Dean's Advisory Council

LSU Libraries announces the formation of a Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC). Seventeen Baton Rouge community leaders, listed below, have been chosen to voluntarily serve on the council, which will advise on, assist with, and support the Dean’s efforts to promote

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New location for borrowing books, reserves, and interlibrary loans


Middleton Library’s Access Services unit, which includes the Circulation Department, InterLibrary Loan Department, and Reserves, has moved to room 241 on the second floor of Middleton Library. Books can be borrowed at this new location or by using the self-serve

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Middleton and Hill libraries reopen August 22

Libraries Hours

Both Middleton Library and Hill Memorial Library are open for the fall semester. Middleton Library is open 24/5 plus weekend hours. Hill Memorial Library is open 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays, except Tuesdays, when it stays open until 6

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Hill Memorial Library fall hours

Libraries Hours

Due to staffing considerations, LSU Libraries Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, will adjust its reading room hours for the fall semester. Research hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays, except Tuesdays when the library will remain open until

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Middleton Library celebrates the National Park Service’s 100th birthday

Smokey Bear Cover

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday! As a Regional Federal Depository Library, the LSU Libraries contains many publications from the National Park Service. Some of these publications are on display in Middleton Library’s

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