Policies & Access

  • Library Guide

  • Library Guide (Public Health)

  • Mission Statement

    The Rudolph Matas Library serves as the primary resource library for the Tulane University Health Sciences Center comprising the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The library supports the teaching, research, and patient care functions of the health sciences programs through the acquisition, organization and dissemination of biomedical information.

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  • Information Desk Policies

    Returning & Renewals
    General & Course Reserves
    Recalls & Holds
    Fines & Fees
    Fax Service
    Laptop Lending
    Lost & Found
  • Building Use Policies

    Food & Drink
    Mobile Phone Use
    Computer Use
    Quiet Study
    Public Access
    24/7 Library Access
    Group Study
    Gifts & Donations
  • Collection Development

    Rudolph Matas Library makes thorough and authoritative library content selections through departmental faculty and library liaisons. It is a goal to keep and establish a clear channel of communication between the academic and research components of the Health Sciences and the librarians who provide the information and technology resources. Input from faculty, staff and students is encouraged and appreciated. Electronic format is preferred for journals. Books are purchased in print or electronic format dependent on user preference, availability and cost. The scope of the collection of the Rudolph Matas Library of Tulane Health Sciences Center is shaped by the library's mission and the needs of its clients. 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 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, the library ensures access to literature not owned or licensed by the library.


    The Matas Library of the Health Sciences retains some older materials of medical and historical importance, even when they are no longer of use in clinical practice. However, the Tulane collection does not currently encompass current scholarship in medical history.


    Click here to access the Rudolph Matas Library Collection Development Manual (PDF).

  • Education & Outreach

    Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences serves the health education mission of its schools and programs, and provides leadership in health information discovery, management and technologies. The Library provides education on the utilization of research tools and ensures that both current and future health care professionals are able to effectively and efficiently locate, identify, evaluate, and utilize health science data and information.

    Rudolph Matas Library provides leadership in health science information education to the Tulane University community and health service providers in our region by:

    • Providing educational support to effectively access to a variety of research tools and support and training in the development of information management skills.
    • Teaching course-specific or program-specific classes on information resources and strategies responsive to the needs of the faculty, residents, and students.
    • Supporting research and clinical teaching offering formal and informal educational opportunities, further supported by individual consultation.
    • Providing evidence based clinical and research support in-house and off-site in clinical areas and community clinics.
    • Offering extensive educational support and opportunities to local health care providers and health information professionals in the region.

    We comply with and support the LCME standards and the Medical Library Association standards of practice (2/12/2010).