Library Commons

Library Commons Closed 7/2/2024

*Edit 7/2/2024 2:30pm – the Commons area is now reopened for use.

The main study area of the downtown Library Commons will be closed on Tuesday, July 2, 2024 for carpet tile replacement and may still be closed on Wednesday, July 3rd.

Library Commons Area with TVs

*Edit* Monday, July 1 – only one side of the TV area was completed on Friday, the other side will be worked on today.

The Library Commons area with the television monitors will be closed tomorrow, June 28, 2024 for carpet replacement. The furniture will be moved out of those spaces into the tiled area, so there will be some noise while this is happening.

Carpet Replacement – Isché Library

All the carpet is being replaced on the 3rd floor of the Isché Library. The work started yesterday, June 25, 2024. The work will take a couple of weeks to complete. But during that time library services may be interrupted. Poster printing has been offline since Monday evening. And there will be no popcorn tomorrow, June 27th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sections of the Library Commons will be unavailable while the carpet is being replaced in those areas. Stay tuned to hear when.

*Edit* Popcorn is back on! We can get to the popcorn machine again!

Libraries Are Closed for Winter Break

Both the Dental and Isché Libraries are closed for Winter Break. Online systems will work while the physical libraries are closed. And the Library Commons will be open downtown as long at the building remains open. Both Libraries will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd, Isché at 7:30am and Dental at 8am. See you in 2024!

Join the Libraries in Celebrating International Open Access Week October 23-27, 2023!

The LSU Health New Orleans Division of Libraries invites the LSU Health New Orleans community to join the Libraries for all the information, fun, and festivities we are planning for International Open Access Week on October 23–27, 2023. Click here for our Open Access Week 2023 webpage.

Here is our schedule of events planned for the week of October 23-27, 2023: 

Monday, October 23: 

Open House 10AM-2PM, Isché Library Commons – 3rd Floor of Resource Center Building

Tuesday, October 24: 

Open House 11AM-1PM, Dental Campus Library – 3rd Floor of Administration Building

Open Access Presentations 3PM, Isché Library Room 405 – 4th Floor of Resource Center Building, or join via Zoom

Wednesday, October 25: 

Escape Room 10AM-2PM, Isché Library Commons – 3rd Floor of Resource Center Building

Thursday, October 26: 

Open Access Presentations 10AM, Isché Library Room 405 – 4th Floor of Resource Center Building, or join via Zoom

Open Access Presentations 2PM, Isché Library Room 405 – 4th Floor of Resource Center Building, or join via Zoom

Open Access Presentations 3PM, Isché Library Room 405 – 4th Floor of Resource Center Building, or join via Zoom

Friday, October 27:

Documentary Screening 12PM-1:30PM Isché Library Commons – 3rd Floor of Resource Center Building 

Developed resources reported in this post are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012345. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Labor Day Closure

The Libraries will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Labor Day Holiday. The Library Commons will be open all weekend.

The Dental Library will close at 5pm on Friday, September 1st and reopen at 8am on Tuesday, September 4th. The Isché Library will close at 6pm on Friday and reopen at 7:30am on Tuesday.

Library Commons Coffee Kiosk has moved

The coffee kiosk in the 3rd floor Library Commons, just outside of the Ische Library, has officially moved to its new home in the 3rd Floor MEB/AHN Atrium. For more information, please visit the Dining Services page:

Isché Library Closing at 6 on 5/26/2022

The Isché Library will close at 6pm on Thursday, May 26, 2022 for emergency electrical repairs in the building. While the Library Commons may be open, it will be on emergency lighting only and will not have air conditioning until 10pm.

Sorry for the late notice.

Delayed Opening Isché Library Saturday 4/2/2022

The Isché Library will open at 12 noon on Saturday, April 2nd instead of 9:30am. The Library will still close at 6pm.

This change is necessary because Facility Services will be working on the emergency power automatic transfer switch. The entire Resource Center Building will have intermittent complete outages of both regular power and emergency power. All power, safety lighting, elevators and air handling will be affected by these outages.

New Commons Display – Honoring VCAA Moerschbaecher

The Library has created a new display in 3 sections of the Commons cases. The display honors Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Joseph M. Moerschbaecher, III, PhD, who spent nearly 40 years of his career at LSUHSC. Dr. M passed away July 1, 2021. He was hired in the Department of Pharmacology in 1983.

Dr. Moerschbaecher helped create the space that is now the Library Commons (2009) and he enjoyed selecting material for the display cases. Many of the medicine bottles in the cases closest to the Library entrance were from his collections.

To learn more, read these online tributes from the SoM Pulse, the LSU Health Newsroom, and

And if you can’t make it over, enjoy a couple of photos:

Display Case
Front Display Honoring Joe Moerschbaecher
display 2
2nd Case Honoring Joe Moerschbaecher

Library Lobby Work Downtown

On the downtown campus, the Library Lobby is having both elevator and wallpaper work done at the moment. Prepare to step carefully as you get off the elevator to access the coffee shop (to the right) or the Isché Library (to the left). Work will continue until it’s complete.

Coffee Service in the Library Commons

Because of construction in the downtown campus Atrium (which begins Wednesday, April 28th), the coffee bar will be moving to the Library Commons, adjacent to the Isché Library. The Coffee service will be open on Monday, May 3rd. Items and services will be limited. Hours are to be determined from 7am to 2pm each weekday as staffing allows.

The coffee bar operated previously from July 15, 2009 through March 28, 2013. It was not financially sustainable.

Unmasking Brain Injury Display

The Isché Library is currently hosting an exhibit from the Brain Injury Association of Louisiana. This exhibit of masks made by brain injured individuals promotes awareness of the prevalence of brain injury and gives survivors a voice.

Display of 42 masks in the library commons
Unmasking Brain Injury 2019

The exhibit will be in the Isché Library from September 27th through October 21st. It will move to the Dental Library and will be on display October 23rd through November 7th.

Four of the masks include QR codes which when scanned display a video of the mask maker discussing their mask and their brain injury.

Mask by Nicole

Library Breakfast 7:30-10:30am on August 28th

Come have breakfast in the Library Commons!

There will be breakfast pastries, coffee, juice, and Library Information.

August 28 Back to School Breakfast at the Isché Library!

Save the date!

On Wednesday, August 28, from 7:30 to 10:30 AM, the Isché Library would like to invite new and returning students to breakfast at the downtown campus!

Stop by the 3rd floor Library Commons in the Resource Center Building for coffee, breakfast, and a chance to meet the librarians and library staff. We hope to see you there!