Accessing our catalog
While much of the contents of the collection are still being explored, 20,000+ items (out of an estimated 200,000-250,000) are already cataloged and searchable through LSU-Shreveport's online catalog.*
To search for materials in the Noel Collection, first click on the "Advanced Search" link on the catalog's home page.
From there, you can search by keyword, author, title, subject, etc. To limit your results to Noel Collection items, select one of the following areas within the Noel Collection: Desk, Dictionary Stand, Display Case, Exhibit Room, Folio Case, Stacks, or Vault. (The first category, "3rd floor - Noel Collection," is just materials currently being processed.)
The majority of pre-1850 materials are either in the Exhibit Room, the Folio Case, the Display Case, or the Vault. The Vault holds our oldest and rarest materials, including the oldest book in the collection, a 1492 edition of Cassiodori Senatoris Viri Dei De Regimine (call no. BR160 .C2 1492, Noel Vault).
Once you have found the book(s) you are looking for, make sure to mark down each book's call number and location within the collection. Look for them in the "Item Information" portion of the record. Having these two pieces of information will it easier to retrieve your item from the collection.
If you have any other questions about using the catalog, please don't hesitate to contact one of our catalogers or come see us in person. We can walk you through the best ways to use our catalog to get the most out of your research.
*Catalog records are also accessible through OCLC WorldCat; however, it is impossible to differentiate between Noel Collection items and Noel Memorial Library items through the WorldCat system.