Library Commons

Mac Projector Adapter Available

If you want to display the image from your MacBook on the screens in the Library Commons A/V Rooms, we now have available the adapter you’ll need to do so. You can check out the adapter and VGA cable (both complete with instructions) from the Library’s Circulation Desk so that you can see your MacBook’s image on the big screen.

Ische Library – Early Closure on 8/21/14


The Isché Library and Library Commons will be closing at 5 pm on Thursday, August 21st due to a water outage in the building. No water fountains, faucets or lavatories will be available from 5 until 9 pm on this date.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

R Statistical Software Available

RlogoR statistical software is now available (by student request) on the 3 Library Commons computers. These computers are available to whenever the building is open and require an LSUHSC login and password.

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.



On September 10-12, the library will host a live streaming broadcast of TEDMED 2014: Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine in the Library Commons.

TEDMED is an annual gathering of innovative pioneers in different disciplines and industries brought together to address the the big problems in healthcare. Speakers tell engaging personal stories in short segments, each focused on the future of health and medicine.

The 2014 conference will be broadcast from both Washington DC and San Francisco and co-hosted by eight individuals, including Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial: life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital. For a full list of sessions and speakers, the Stage Program is available here.

Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, here are a few of the most viewed TEDMED talks from previous years:
How did GenX inspire next-gen medical imaging? Lee Stein, TEDMED 2011.
When is a hacksaw a necessary medical device? Mark Hyman, TEDMED 2010.
Can we end aging? Aubrey de Grey, TEDMED 2009.

Elevated Walkway Closure

According to facilities, access to the Resource Center Building (and the Library Commons) will be via the 1st floor only (and with an LSUHSC ID) while the Isché Library is closed for the 4th of July Holiday.

Here’s the full-text of their message:

From 6:00 PM Thursday, July 3rd, to 6:30 AM Monday, July 7th, the elevated walkway from the S. Roman St. Parking Garage to the Walk-To-Wellness (ramp) will be closed for resurfacing.  Consequently, there will not be any access to any Downtown Campus buildings via the garage 3rd floor and walkway during this closure.

During this time, access to the Medical Education Building (MEB), Allied Health/Nursing Building (AHNB), Resource Center Building (RCB) and Lions/LSU Clinics Building (LEC) will be through the 1st floor entrance of each building.  Access to the CSRB will be through the loading dock or through the connecting bridge on the fourth & fifth floors of the LEC.  In the S. Roman St. Garage, all pedestrian traffic will be routed to the 1st floor.  Access along the Walk-To-Wellness and between the AHNB, CSRB, LEC, MEB, and the Walk-To-Wellness will not be affected.

The walkway and 3rd floor garage elevator lobby will reopen at 6:30 AM on Monday, July 7th. 

Library Commons A/V Rooms Available


Want to practice a presentation or share notes with classmates? The Library’s third floor Commons area has flat screen televisions available for use with a laptop.

Stop by the library’s circulation desk and check out the cables and instructions needed to get connected, rooms are available on a first-come?Ø basis.

Sad news for coffee lovers

The last official day to buy Starbucks coffee and other goodies from the kiosk in the Resource Center building is today March 28th. The coffee kiosk in the atrium will remain open during their normal hours. There will be a few small changes in the cafeteria until an agreement in the food service department is reached.

These same changes will take place at the Dental location.




Library’s Bookdrop Temp Location

The bookdrop has temporarily been moved inside the Resource Center building on the 2nd floor between the bookstore and credit union. It will be moved back to its usual location after re-surfacing of the crosswalk is complete (on or about January 2nd).

Access to the Library Commons is possible with an LSUHSC ID during the campus closure; because of the crosswalk re-surfacing, enter the building via the 1st floor.

Ische Library Closed on Saturday (10/13)

The Isché Library will be closed on Saturday, October 13th due to a scheduled Entergy outage. The Library will reopen on Sunday, October 14th at 1:30 pm.

The Library Commons will most likely be unavailable during the outage which is scheduled from 7 am until approximately 3 pm on Saturday.

Library Storm Closure

Because Isaac is lingering the campuses will remain closed until Tuesday, September 4th. The Libraries will reopen at 8 am. Be safe.

The LSUHSC Libraries?á will close today, Monday, August 27th at 5 pm for Isch?® and 4 pm for Dental?áand will remain closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28th and 29th.?á There is a possibility of being closed on Thursday, August 30th as well, depending on flooding and power issues.?á The Library Commons will be closed as well.

Please visit the Campus Emergency website for more information.

Speaking of Art

You can’t help but notice the striking sculptures by Enrique Alferez around town. Born in Mexico, he moved here in 1929 and made New Orleans his home for the next 70 years.?á The Ogden Museum of Art is currently hosting an exhibit celebrating the prolific artist.

The Created World of Enrique Alf?®rez runs through April 2nd, 2012. But if you can’t make it to the Ogden, stretch your legs and come visit the Library Commons where you can view The Conquest of Yellow Fever.

Wireless Network – Ische Library

There will be a slight change to the Wireless Network in the Library as of February 3rd.?á The networked named “LSUHSC” will no longer be available. Please use “LSUHSC-Secure” instead.?á If you’ve used wireless recently in the Isché Library, it should have been defaulting to the Secure network over the last few months.?á The connection method is the same for both networks.

Water outage Tues. PM (12/20)

There will be a domestic water outage at the Resource Center Building and S. Roman St. Garage this Tuesday, December 20th, from 10:00 PM till 2:00 AM. This outage is needed to cap a leaking waterline located in the University Medical Center construction site. During this outage there will be no hot or cold water in any of the restrooms or the lounges throughout either building.

DISPLAYS: Leather DoctorÔÇÖs Bag

12-4-2011 5-47-44 PM

Expectantly, when doctors did house calls, they depended on their knowledge as well as the considerably well thought out contents placed inside their bags.

Most had six compartments that allowed for a wide range of necessities to be stored; to name a few: injections, gauze, sutures, needles, gloves, and pills. More contents usually meant that the location of practice or closest hospital were farther away.

The bag was usually kept in the trunk or in the vehicles interior, however the hot summer months and freezing temperatures during winter presented challenges for some of its contents. Bottles of sterile water and ampoules were sometimes frozen solid which meant that they had to be thawed out before being administered and even then have the possibility of losing its potency.

Get an up close look! —> Currently on display in the Library Commons

Library Commons

For the new-comers and outsiders, the Library Commons area is open 24/7.

  • It is perfect for individual, small or large group studying.
  • There are 3 full-access computers available and all youÔÇÖll need is your lsuhsc user id & password to gain access.
  • It offers two 46-inch screen televisions for presentation practice ONLY. (Sorry not a place to watch the LSU Tigers or N.O. Saints)
  • For coffee lovers, Starbucks is open Monday thru Friday from 7:45am ÔÇô 3:15pm. (FYI: Cafeteria lunch orders have to be placed by 11:00am)
  • Restrooms are located near the elevators but the nearest water fountain is located on the 2nd floor.
  • For your viewing pleasure, antique medical equipment on display in glass casings.

Final Notes

* In the event you forget your id or are an outsider, go to security office on the 3rd floor of the parking garage and once you sign-in they can buzz you in.

*The Commons is closed when the University is closed. On occasion it is closed for air-duct cleaning and other maintenance.