General Information

Rudolph Matas Library has more than 165,000 print volumes in the basic sciences, clinical medicine, and public health. Rudolph Matas Library also licenses electronic databases, journals, and books along with the other Tulane Libraries for the entire Tulane Community.

The scope of the collection of the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences is shaped by the library's mission and the needs of its users. The library collects current scholarly information which supports the research, clinical, administrative and educational needs of its users. The collection covers the practice of medicine and related biomedical, public health and related disciplines; research literature; methodological literature; and in-depth, authoritative analyses of areas influencing biomedicine and health care. The collection is predominantly in English.

The subject emphases of the collection reflect past and present research interests at Tulane. Basic collections are also maintained in related disciplines and cross-disciplinary areas. Through cooperative networks and Interlibrary Loan, we ensure access to literature not owned by the library. The Tulane Library retains some older materials of medical and historical importance, even when they are no longer of use in clinical practice. The oldest volume in the collection is: Augerii Ferrerii (Auger Ferrier, ca.1513-1588) Liber de diebus decretoriis secundum Pythagoricam doctrinam, London, 1549.

Print journals are arranged alphabetically by title on three levels of the Library. Most of the journal collection was in print until 2005 when online access was purchased for journals following Hurricane Katrina. The circulating print collection is available for patron use. Please check the Library Catalog for journal titles especially for those that have no electronic access and/or when the article you are seeking was published prior to 2005.

A small collection of print dictionaries, directories, and statistical compilations are shelved near the Matas Library Information Services Desk. These materials are available for in library use only. Ask the Matas Librarians if you are interested in electronic versions of these types of materials. Many reference resources may be available in an online version or there may be another related resource available.