Information Services

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  • Interlibrary Loan

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    Rudolph Matas Library uses ILLiad, an automated Interlibrary Loan system. This free Interlibrary Loan service is available to clinicians, faculty, staff, students, and researchers of all Tulane Health Sciences Programs. Articles are generally supplied in electronic format within several business days. Books may take longer as they are shipped via mail or UPS. The Business Library and Law Library provide services to their Tulane academic communities, and Howard-Tilton Memorial Library on the uptown campus provides Interlibrary Loan services for all other academic programs. Rudolph Matas Library also has a separate agreement with the John P. Ische Library at LSU Health Sciences Center which allows Tulane faculty, staff, and graduate students to borrow materials, including journals.

    Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences complies with US Federal Copyright Law. US Federal Copyright Guidelines allow academic libraries to borrow five (5) articles published in the last five (5) years per journal title in a calendar year. In addition, only two (2) articles per journal issue published in the last five (5) years can be borrowed per calendar year. Articles requested in excess of these Guidelines will result in copyright and/or royalty fees. 

    For clinical emergencies submit your request and contact the Matas ILL Office at (504) 988-2413.

    Books obtained through Matas Interlibrary Loan must be returned to the Matas Library before the due date.

    Interlibrary Loans are not provided for books that are checked out or on Course Reserve. Check the Library Catalog for book availability. Delivery of books from Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is available via request from the Library Catalog or SearchAll. If you need to renew an Interlibrary Loan item, or have questions about other items, please call the Matas ILL office at (504) 988-2413, or email at

    Fee-based services are offered to anyone needing medical information. Unaffiliated health professionals, businesses, researchers must sign a contract for the LoansomeDoc Service. Information and essential paperwork to set up this service are available on our LoansomeDoc Guide. Contact the ILL Department for the fee schedule and contractual information. Borrowing libraries may use Docline (LAUTUL) or OCLC (LTM).

  • Research Assistance

    Personal assistance is provided for research support and information discovery, including advice on database selection, search strategy recommendations, verification of citations, location of current and historic information in all formats and citation management suggestions. Matas Librarians will also do in-depth, systematic searches for individuals on request. Contact us at (504) 988-5155 if you have problems with full-text access from off-campus or from a hospital or clinic. The librarians will gladly help in the location of full-text electronic resources and advice on utilizing the entire electronic collections of Tulane University.

    Matas Librarians also offer information seminars customized to fit any information need. Examples of class offerings include introduction to the Matas Library for new users, effective use of electronic resources, clinical/point of care mobile technologies, citation management (EndNote Online & RefWorks), and NIH Public Access Policy compliance for biomedical researchers.

    The Information Services Department is staffed by Reference Librarians from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Virtual assistance is provided as soon as possible by email or chat.

  • Liaison Program

    The purpose of the Matas Library liaison program is to position Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences as the premier information and knowledge management resource for faculty, researchers, staff and students of the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane National Primate Center. Through departmental faculty liaisons and library liaisons, a clear channel of communication between the academic and research components of the Health Sciences Campus and the librarians who provide information and technology resources can be established.

    This 2-way communication serves to:

    • Determine the specific needs/wants of the departments through collaborative planning ensure that those needs are met and services customized.
    • Promote library resources and services to educate users about our information access tools
    • Raise awareness of our computing and educational technology applications, and services
    • Help library users identify and access library and technology resources
    • Provide workshops on research tools or on topics of special interest specifically geared to the departmental faculty and research staff
    • Answer questions, resolve problems, and interpret library policy
    • Highlight the library as the "knowledge management center" for sustaining healthcare education, research and information delivery
    • Make information literacy and essential component of student learning and faculty development
    • Provide librarians as information consultants for departments

    Click here to view the Matas Library Liaison list by department.