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Research Services

 The State Library staff provides in-depth reference and research assistance to state employees and officials in person, over the telephone, by mail or through the Ask-a-Librarian service.

For Louisiana related questions, call (225) 342-4914 or 1-888-487-2700, or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For all other questions, call (225) 342-4913 or 1-888-487-2700, or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Requesting Materials in the Online Catalog
Materials from the Library collection can be pulled and held at the Circulation Desk for pick up. Call the Reference Desk at (225) 342-4913 to request this service. These materials may also be mailed to the offices of state employees and officials who work outside the capitol complex. You may return the items by mail. You or your agency are responsible for return postage. Call or write the Reference Section to request titles found in the Library’s online catalog.

Interlibrary Loan Services

Electronic resources
The Library provides access to electronic databases through the Louisiana Library Connection. Reference librarians can assist state employees and officials using the databases. Call the reference desk at (225) 342-4913 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or e-mail your questions through Ask-a-Librarian.

State Library staff provide both remote (online) and face-to-face training in effective use of the databases to state employees and state agencies. To schedule a session, contact reference at 225-342-4913.

Useful Web Links
The State Library has compiled a broad range of useful links to information available on the Internet that may be to state employees and officials.

Function and Mission of the Reference Department
Reference librarians respond to questions and assist the public using the State Library's collections of books, federal documents and databases. The librarians provide assistance by telephone, in person at service desks, and by e-mail and regular mail.

Reference librarians select materials for the general collection and items for the federal documents depository. These librarians also train state employees in the use of the Library's electronic resources and conduct workshops on reference work for public library staff.

The Reference Section offers the following resources:

Ask-a-Librarian
Contact a reference librarian.

Useful Web Links
Go to a select list of web sites hand-picked by the State Library’s reference librarians.

Subject Guides
Find a list of topical reference guides to State Library and online resources.  Included are guides such as “How to Get Money for Your Small Business,” “How to Repair Stuff,” and “How to Find Sheet Music for a Song.”

Reference Publications