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Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library

Lether E. Frazar Memorial Library

Academic and Student Affairs
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The Library is named for the first president of McNeese State University. The collections and services of the Library are designed to complement the educational and research programs of the University and are administered by the Library Director.

Reference and Information Services

The Reference Department provides assistance to patrons through the use of traditional reference sources as well as electronic databases and online services.

Tours of the Library and library instruction sessions may be scheduled by contacting the Reference Department. These sessions include instruction on the use of the library and its electronic resources and may focus on any subject area. Many resources can be accessed easily from the Library's web page at

Circulation Department

Frazar Memorial Library is open to all students, faculty, and staff at McNeese as well as to their families. The McNeese identification card is valid as a library card for students, faculty, and staff.

Faculty members enjoy semester length circulation privileges. They may request that the loan period be extended or renewed. This can be done by returning books to the circulation desk for renewal. Failure to return materials by the date due generates overdue notification letters at the beginning of the following semester. If faculty members do not respond by mid-semester, their department heads/deans receive letters regarding the overdue materials. After two weeks, faculty members who have failed to respond receive invoices for book replacement costs.

McNeese faculty may reserve certain materials for special use by students in their classes. These items are "on reserve" and are shelved behind the circulation desk. The loan period for these reserve materials is determined by the instructor of the course. Some reserve material may be limited to library use only.

Serials Department

The Serials Department houses periodicals and newspapers. These are available as current individual issues, bound back volumes, or as microforms. Electronic journals are also available through the Library's web site and the library databases. A complete printed list of periodical holdings may be viewed on the Library web page. General and specialized subject indexes are available through the online catalog, the web page, and in the Reference Department. The online catalog also contains holdings summaries for each title owned by McNeese. Audio-visual equipment for use in the Library, readers and printers for microforms, and copy machines are available in the Serials Department. Current tele-course videos may be viewed in the Serials Department.

Government Documents Department


The purpose of the Government Documents Department is to make government publications available to the citizens of the 7th Congressional District of Louisiana. The collection features six types of documents: federal, state of Louisiana, regional (other states), international, local, and the Calcasieu River Estuary Archives.

The Library has been a selective Federal Depository Library since 1941 and a complete Louisiana Depository since 1948. The department has full electronic access to a growing CD-ROM collection and full Internet access. The library's web page provides access to federal electronic resources.

Interlibrary Loan Department


With computerized access to cooperating libraries nationwide, the Interlibrary Loan Department can efficiently access research materials not available in the Frazar Memorial Library. Interlibrary loan request forms are available in the interlibrary loan office or at the reference desk or through the library's web page. Specific assistance is available from the department.

Collection Management Department

The Collection Management Department is responsible for ordering and receiving non-serial items. Faculty may use the standard order slips provided by the department or the online form to request material. Each academic department has a library representative who is responsible for coordinating orders for the department.

Catalog Department

The Catalog Department prepares books and other media for access, including assigning call numbers and keeping the online catalog up to date.

Archives and Special Collections


The Archives and Special Collections Department houses materials which reflect the history of McNeese, Lake Charles, and the Southwest Louisiana area.& Included in the materials are McNeese publications, such as the Log, Contraband, McNeese Review, and student theses; books by Southwest Louisiana authors or about the area; and archival collections which contain correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, newspapers, business records, church histories, and other historical documents.

Computer Labs

A student computer lab is located on the second floor of the Library. A library teaching lab is located in Meeting Room A. This facility is dedicated to library instruction lectures. Public access computers are located in the reference department.