LSUS Noel Memorial Library

Your LSUS home for academic support, creative inspiration, & welcoming spaces. We also house the NW LA Archives & JS Noel Special Collections.

Noel Memorial Library serves the Louisiana State University Shreveport community of students, faculty, staff and local residents.

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🌹 Discover the beauty and history of the rose at "Petals of Importance and Influence," a stunning exhibit at The Noel Collection here at LSUS! Explore works on gardening, literature, Gothic architecture, and more. Highlights include 13th century poetry by Persian poet Sa'di and the 1917 edition of the American Rose Society's American Rose Annual. This exhibit is viewable until Aug. 11 on the 3rd floor of the Noel Memorial Library. 📚
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🌞Summer in Louisiana is the perfect time to appreciate the vibrant wildlife all around us! 🐦🌿 Check out this stunning artwork by John James Audubon, featuring the colorful Summer Tanager. These birds are known for their vibrant red and yellow plumage and are commonly found in Louisiana's woodlands. Summer Tanagers primarily feed on insects, including bees and wasps, which is why this artwork depicts them enjoying their favorite meal. This beautiful piece is part of the LSU Special Collections in the Louisiana Digital Library. Explore more captivating historical artwork and local history at the LDL!

Have you ever seen a Summer Tanager in the wild? Comment below if you have!


We are getting a fresh coat of paint for our study rooms so they will be closed for a bit.

Photos from JSTOR's post 04/22/2024

Has studying got you down? Join us for a positivity break as we relax, unwind, and tap into our creativity at the library’s Self-care event on the first floor of the library to help beat the finals blues! From Virtual Reality experiences to coloring sheets, this event will offer a variety of resources to maximize stress-relief and wellness.

Photos from Louisiana Digital Library's post 04/22/2024

Are finals giving you the blues? Head over to the library for a study pick-me-up! Snacks are available Monday, April 22, through Friday, May 3 (or until we run out of snacks) during normal operating hours.


Description: Life Sketches is a book about all 26 Louisiana Supreme Court chief justices from 1813 to the present. Each "sketch" includes a portrait or other artistic rendering of the Chief Justice, a signature, and a brief biography. Includes bibliographical references and index. 1st edition published 2007. 2nd edition published 2024. The entirety of the book and all of its full color pictures are available on the LDL here: /1/mode/2up

Repository: Law Library of Louisiana


The Louisiana Supreme Court portrait collection includes 82 Louisiana Supreme Court justices and 57 portraits of other attorneys and public officials. Click here for access:

Repository: Law Library of Louisiana


Happy National Librarian Day from LSUS Noel Memorial Library! We extend our deepest gratitude to librarians everywhere for your dedication and service. Librarians and libraries are essential pillars of education and community, providing access to vast resources and supporting academic research. Your commitment fosters a love of learning and ensures that the spirit of inquiry thrives. Thank you for making our libraries vibrant centers of knowledge, creative inspiration, and welcoming spaces for all!📚💞
Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS
Noel Collection
LSU Libraries
LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network
Louisiana Digital Library

Timeline photos 04/12/2024
Photos from LSUS Noel Memorial Library's post 04/12/2024

Stop by the library's booth at Spring Fling! Test your skills with our 'Library I Spy' game and grab some sweet swag while you're here.

Photos from LSUS Noel Memorial Library's post 04/02/2024

Congratulations to our library button contest winners! Kristen Gathright placed 1st and Ariel Brewer placed 2nd and 3rd. The first place winner recieved a Walmart gift card, swag bag and their button. The first-place design will be given out at Spring Fling and the Self Care Fair this semester. The second and third place winner received a LSUS swag bag. Thank you to our winners and everyone who participated by submitting designs and voting!

Meet the people at the Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS 04/02/2024

Explore the treasures of the Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS on the third floor of the library! Meet the passionate team working behind the scenes to safeguard our history. Check out the full story in the Shreveport Times and see what makes this place special.

Meet the people at the Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS The LSUS archives have more than 1000 maps, 200 oral histories, and over 1.5 million photographs and negatives.


"Fool's Paradise"—This 1911 float design is from Tulane University's digital Carnival Collection. It encapsulates the jest and joy of April Fool's Day with its theme, 'Familiar Quotations,' from the Mistick Krewe of Comus parade.

April Fool's Day is known for pranks, jokes, and playful deceptions. Its origins are somewhat murky, with various theories about how it began. One possibility is that it dates back to 16th-century France when the adoption of the Gregorian calendar moved New Year's Day from April 1st to January 1st. Those who continued to celebrate in April were labeled as fools.

In Scotland, the tradition took a unique form known as "Huntigowk Day," with "hunt the gowk" (gowk meaning a foolish person or cuckoo bird) involving sending people on phony errands. This Scottish tradition is part of the larger celebration of April Fool's Day, which has evolved into a widespread cultural phenomenon known for tricks, laughter, and lighthearted mischief across the world.


Two members of our archives staff, Dr. Laura McLemore and Leah Widmeyer, attended Louisiana Historical Association 66th annual meeting in New Orleans, March 21st through the 23rd. Both participated in a panel titled 'Politicians and Purveyors of Hate: K*K, Citizens’ Councils, and Promoters of White Supremacy in Louisiana.'

Leah Widmeyer acted as the chair and commentator while Dr. McLemore presented Ned Touchstone, Purveyor of Hate.

The meeting also had three other presentations researched in the archives, “….will very likely be tax deductible: The Association of Citizens’ by Dr. Charles Pellegrin, Exploring the Built Environment: Louisiana Neighborhoods as History by Dr. Henry Robertson, and The Reconfiguration of White Power at the Dawn of Reconstruction: The Massacre of Bossier and Caddo Parish during the Autumn of 1868 by Samuel Parent.


As we hop into Easter this week, let's explore a charming piece of history with our special feature: "Easter Bonnets." In a photograph signed by Fonville in 1938, we are introduced to Mrs. Riley of Crowley, known for her exquisite handmade straw hats. These Easter hats, proudly arranged for sale outside her home, are a testament to the simple yet profound traditions that have woven their way through our collective history. Courtesy of the Louisiana State Museum, this snapshot invites us to appreciate the ways in which ordinary traditions can create meaningful connections across time.

As Easter approaches, we're reminded of the joy that comes from celebrating these traditions together. Do you have any Easter traditions or special ways you celebrate that add to the holiday's charm? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below! 🐰👒


Get ready to rhyme and shine − it's ! Explore our "Books and Authors" Suggested Topic to learn poets, books, writing tips, and more. Get started by logging into our NewsBank, inc. resource with your LSUS credentials through this link:

You can also find celebrated poetry collections right here at the Noel Memorial Library.


Won't you be my neighbor? Born in 1928, , better known as , was a television host, author, producer, and Presbyterian minister who created the preschool series . Read more about the cardigan-wearing neighbor who reminded us that we're special just the way we are:


Northwest Louisiana Archives at LSUS presents Shreveport Déjà News, Episode 2, “It’s Not About S*x; It’s About Power: The Fight to End Violence against Women.” On January 14, 2024, Headlines on multiple Shreveport news outlets announced that the first three Shreveport homicide victims of 2024 were women.

Since Mary Wollstonecraft’s trailblazing work of feminism, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was published in 1792, women have been fighting to assert their human right to safety from gender-based violence. The struggle is not new. It continues to this day worldwide and in our town, as documented in LSUS Northwest Louisiana Archives.


Happy peak bloom! 🌸🌸🌸 Genetic testing in the 1990s confirmed that TWO cherry trees on Library of Congress grounds — including the one pictured, which needs a "cane" but still blooms beautifully — are originals from the 1912 gift to Washington, D.C., from Japan.

Quite amazing considering that fewer than 10 living trees in D.C. are documented originals! Propagations from these trees have been re-planted around the Tidal Basin and elsewhere in order to continue the original genetic lineage of D.C.'s cherry trees.

Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress


Calling all poets! Join us for a night of food and fun while you read your favorite poem or an original work. Don't have a poem in mind? No worries! Your librarians have you covered! Feel free to browse and grab a reading or sit back and enjoy the poetry readings.


Our Digital Strategies & Technology Librarian, Phillip Martin, recently participated in a podcast interview with Rob Stephens from LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, along with two other librarians from different universities. The topic of their discussion was Artificial Intelligence in Libraries. If interested, you can listen to the podcast episode by clicking the link below.

Photos from LSUS Noel Memorial Library's post 03/15/2024

In these two workshops, you will learn about the importance of citing sources, what information should be cited and what should not be, the method of creating in-text citations using either APA or MLA (depending on the workshop you attend), and the proper formatting of your Bibliography or Works Cited page.

APA: The Easy Way-3/20/24
MLA: The Easy Way-3/22/24

Photos from Bossier Parish Libraries History Center's post 03/13/2024

One more week! mark your calendars for a Sunday evening of many talents.


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Spring Break!


The ancient culture and intriguing history of Central and South America are on display in the Noel Collection with materials from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Come explore the mysterious, ancient rituals of the Pre-Columbian Mayans of Mexico and the Incas of Peru. Experience their first encounters with European colonization with original maps and first-hand accounts. Be amazed at the advancements in architecture, science, and community development, as you marvel at the natural beauty of the region.


Filmmaker and veteran Justin D. Roberts will be hosting both a screening and discussion of his award-winning documentary No Greater Love this Thursday. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

LSUS UC Theater
Thursday, February 29th
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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