The State Library strives to serve the informational needs of state officials and employees, providing in-depth reference and research assistance over the telephone, by email, through Ask-A-Librarian or in person. The Library staff also provides database training for the electronic databases that are available through Louisiana Library Connection. If requested, library staff also may visit state agencies to explain available services and resources for state employees.
State employees may locate materials through the State Library’s online catalog. They can call or e-mail the Reference Section to request titles found in the online catalog. Employees who work within the Capitol Complex may visit the State Library to select and pick-up materials. For employees working outside the Capitol Complex, materials can be mailed to their state office. Items may then be returned by mail. The employee or agency is responsible for return postage.
The Louisiana State Documents Depository Program assures that the state’s citizens have free, convenient access to Louisiana’s state publications. Public agencies in Louisiana are required to submit a specified number of copies of their publication to the Recorder of Documents. This program is an effective method for agencies to ensure that their publications are available throughout the state for use by the public. As a complete, historical depository for these publications, the State Library provides a permanent collection available for public use.