Temple Libraries User Guide

Contact Us

  • Ask a Librarian: 215-204-8212 | asktulib@temple.edu
  • IM: AskTULibrary | Text: 215-821-7676
  • Paley Library Circulation: 215-204-0744 | libcirc@temple.edu
  • Science and Engineering Library: 215-204-7828 | sel@temple.edu
  • Ginsburg Health Sciences Library: 215-707-2665 | hscref@temple.edu
  • Media Services: 215-204-8204 | tulmedia@temple.edu
  • Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection: 215-204-6632 | blockson@temple.edu
  • Special Collections Research Center: 215-204-8257 | scrc@temple.edu
  • Law Library: 215-204-7891
  • Ambler Campus Library: 267-468-8640
  • Harrisburg Campus Library: 717-232-6400
  • Charles E. Krausz Library of Podiatric Medicine: 215-629-0300

Find Materials

The Temple University Libraries are home to books, journals, DVDs, unique special collections and electronic resources. The best way to get started is to visit library.temple.edu or to ask a librarian. Here are some other tips on finding what you need:

  • Use our simple search tool, Summon, to find books, scholarly articles, films, music, dissertations, archival material or other library sources. Just enter a term in the search box at the center of our home page, or go directly to http://library.temple.edu/summon.
  • If it’s a book or DVD you’re looking for, use our Diamond catalog. Search via the “books” tab on our website, reach Diamond through our QuickLinks, or type in http://diamond.temple.edu/.
  • Our homepage also has tabs for easy journal and database searching.
  • Looking to check out our rare archival holdings? Find out what the Special Collections Research Center has to offer at http://library.temple.edu/collections/scrc or by visiting on the ground floor of Paley Library. Some of our materials are digitized (http://library.temple.edu/digitalcollections), and many more can be accessed through a visit to the Center.
  • Our research guides, both subject and course specific, are available to get you going on research. You can access them at guides.temple.edu. They are also accessible through a Summon keyword search.

Borrow Materials

  • Use your OWLcard to check out materials at all our libraries.
  • Loan periods may vary, but typically undergrads may borrow for eight weeks with three renewals.
  • Renew books online at MyLibraryAccount (https://diamond.temple.edu/patroninfo).
  • Request books and articles from other Temple campuses by using the “Request” button at the top of the record in our Diamond catalog.
  • Need something we don’t have? Use E-ZBorrow for books and ILLiad to request articles from other libraries.
  • Special arrangements need to be made in order to borrow from the Law Library.
  • Avoid lines; use the self-checkout machines at Paley.
  • Locate course reserves by searching the tab on our home page or through the “Course Reserves” Quick Link. Further questions? Ask at the circulation desk.

We have Leisure Collections too!

Relax with a new bestseller, check out the latest biography, or even have us load your favorite title to your Kindle from Paley Library’s leisure reading collections.

Paley and Ambler’s growing media collections also have blockbuster movies, television shows, and more serious fare that all Temple students can borrow.

We Want to Hear from You

Computers, Printers, Copiers, Gadgets

  • Public workstations with internet access are available at all of our libraries.
  • Printers, copiers, and scanners are available at most of our locations.
  • Kindles, iPads, GPS units and flip cameras are available to borrow at Paley Library and the Science and Engineering Library.
  • Media Services at Paley Library has Mac workstations, several of which are equipeed with Final Cut Pro.

Collections

Special Collections Research Center

Temple University Libraries' Special Collections Research Center is home to a rich array of primary sources. Ranging from Philadelphia and Regional history to Temple's university archives, from rare books and manuscripts from the earliest years of printing through today, to artist books and collections on 20th-century culture, these are the treasures in our library collections.

Below is some trivia as answered by our Special Collections Research Center.

Rare Books, Archives, and Manuscripts
 

  • What political cartoons preceded Gary Trudeau’s famous, irreverent Doonesbury? See our classic satirical cartoons from MAD comics and magazine and Walt Kelly’s Pogo.
  • What political cartoons preceded Gary Trudeau’s famous, irreverent Doonesbury? See our classic satirical cartoons from MAD comics and magazine and Walt Kelly’s Pogo
  • What’s the history of women in the science fiction community? Study our science fiction and fantasy collection and the records of the Enterprising Women.


Temple History
 

  • What did Temple look like in 1932? What were students wearing in 1977? What were the dorms like years ago? Browse the Templar yearbooks— online at library.temple.edu/digitalcollections.


Urban Archives
 

  • Where did different immigrants settle in 1925 Philadelphia? What races, ethnicities and people lived in each neighborhood? Find out through the Philadelphia Housing Associations’ 1925 map, created by John C. Pflaum, which charts the locations of various ethnic and racial groups throughout the city.
  • Where can you find thousands of black and white photographs and news articles documenting the history of Philadelphia? The Urban Archives is home to the clippings and photographs of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, once the city’s most prominent paper, and of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.


The Philadelphia Jewish Archives
 

These materials preserve the history of Jewish life in the Philadelphia region, including Southern New Jersey.

  • These materials preserve the history of Jewish life in the Philadelphia region, including Southern New Jersey.
  • Which basketball team that won 14 American League championships between the years 1933 and 1947 was based right here in Philadelphia? The South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, a team whose materials are in found the PJAC collections.


Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection
 

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection is a research center for the study of the history and culture of people of African descent. Its mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate this history.

  • The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection is a research center for the study of the history and culture of people of African descent. Its mission is to collect, preserve and disseminate this history.
  • Would you like to know more about African American history and social and cultural life in our region during the 20th century? Check out the thousands of plates, negatives and photographic prints by John Mosley.
  • Would you like to know more about African American history and social and cultural life in our region during the 20th century? Check out the thousands of plates, negatives and photographic prints by John Mosley.

Subject Specialists