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From May 9th to May 17th the Watson Library will be open:

Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

We will resume Summer semester hours on Wednesday, May 18th.

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Our Libraries

Located at the main campus, the Eugene P. Watson Memorial library is a three-story modular 95,000 square feet building containing facilities for group and individual study and research. Professional librarians are available to assist with research both face-to-face and remotely. The Reference Room and stacks (circulating collection) are on the 2nd floor. The main office and Serials Media Department are on 3rd floor. The library also houses the Academic Success Center (tutoring), a computer lab, and the Café DeMon Coffee Shop on the first floor. The Cammie G. Henry Research Center, on the 3rd floor houses the University archives, Special Collections, and the Louisiana Collection.

Mailing Address
Watson Memorial Library
Natchitoches LA 71497
Physical Address
Watson Memorial Library
913 University Parkway
Natchitoches LA 71457
Contact Us

Phone: 318-357-4477
Phone: 888-540-9657 (toll free)
Fax: 318-357-4470
Text Reference:318-228-5150
Reference Questions: reference@nsula.edu 
Webmaster: cartern@nsula.edu

The Melrose Collection

Third Floor, Watson Memorial Library
913 University Parkway
Natchitoches LA 71457

Contact Us

“Some day – some one will hunt history in these very old materials C.G.H” — note by Cammie G. Henry in a Melrose Scrapbook

Contact us for research questions, tours, or to make an appointment. Please call or email us before you visit.

For information regarding the Archives or Records Management, please contact Dr. Megan
Lowe, Director of University Libraries, at

Phone: 318-357-4585
Vacant, University Archivist and Records Officer
Vacant, Assistant Archivist

The Research Center is named after Carmelite “Cammie” Garrett Henry (1871-1948) of Melrose, Louisiana who collected Louisiana documents and books of rare fictional and non-fictional works. Here you’ll find Louisiana books, rare books, archival materials, NSU Archives, microfilm, maps, newspapers, and oral history tapes.

Melrose Plantation, the Henry Family home, provided a perfect setting for entertaining guests from diversified intellectual disciplines including literature, art, and the social sciences.

After the sale of Cammie G. Henry’s home, her manuscript collection was donated to Northwestern State University and named the Melrose Collection. This collection, our largest, serves as the core of the Research Center’s holdings. It focuses on the rich cultural, historical, and literary heritage of Louisiana and Natchitoches spanning from French Colonial times through the 1940’s.

Other collections sharing similar strengths include those of James Aswell, the Cloutier Family, Robert DeBlieux, Caroline Dormon, Joe Dellmon, the Egan Family, and the Federal Writers’ Project.  Our resources offer a wealth of opportunities for scholars. Focusing on Louisiana History, documents range in date from the founding of Natchitoches in the early 1700’s to the present.

The Melrose Imaging Project digitizes images from these collections for easier access and preservation.  Electronically imaging the Melrose Collection allows computer access to documents related to the region’s history, and preserves the originals.

Caroline Dormon
Clementine Hunter Tapes
Collection Listings
Components of the Cammie Henry Research Center
LSC Senior Theses
Sanborn Maps for Natchitoches

3329 University Parkway
Leesville, LA
Mon—Thu: 8:00am-5:30pm
 Fri: 8:00am-noon
Summer Hours
Mon – Thu:  7:30 am-5 pm
Friday:  8 am-noon
Closed:  Sat-Sun
Contact Us

Heather Ritter, Library Manager
Phone: (337) 392-3126

Northwestern State University College of Nursing and Allied Health (CON-SAH) Library is located at 1800 Line Avenue, near the intersection of Line Avenue and Olive Street, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Our libraries offer quality research services and online resources, including 8 medical literature databases available 24 / 7 via an internet connection. We offer consultations to Nursing and Allied Health students and faculty, WebEx online workshops, and in person training on all NSU medical resources and web applications such as Rayyan, Perrla, Mendeley Desktop and Mendeley Citation Manager. Contact us for database training, arrange a resource consultation for your Project in Liew of Thesis (PILT), or make an appointment with the Librarian to review our collection of systematic reviews and integrative reviews.

We encourage you to take advantage of the knowledgeable staff ready to assist you with your research and library use. We also invite you to make full use of the broad array of digital information and valuable scholarship preserved in print. Our libraries offer comfortable physical spaces in which to read and study individually and in groups:

  • Study rooms for individuals or small student groups are available on a first come basis
  • Two media rooms have laptop connections and a large flat projection screen
  • The Learning Resource Center may be reserved by faculty for testing

Fall / Spring Hours

Mon—Thu: 8am—8pm
 Fri: 8am—noon
Shreveport Education Center Library
1800 Line Avenue (parking available on the North side of the building)
Shreveport, LA 71101

Phone: (318) 677-3007 · Text: 318-210-7036 · Ask a Librarian!

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