Feature article about Hill Memorial Library appeared in the April 12, 2010 Daily Reveille.
The Hill Memorial Library has been part of the University for 85 years, but many students still don’t know the history in its stacks.
Funded completely by donations, the Hill — also known as Special Collections — stores a wide array of rare and valuable historical materials, ranging from a first edition of Samuel Johnson’s “History of the English Language” to the manuscripts of Louisiana natives.
The library requires a certain amount of security because the items are rare, said Elaine Smyth, head of Special Collections.
Visitors must sign in at the front and wear an ID badge at all times. Personal belongings are stored in a locker, and no materials can be taken outside the building…