Welcome to the Temple University Libraries

February 2014 Joe Lucia

As I pass the eight-month mark of my tenure as Dean of University Libraries, I continue to be impressed by the energy and creativity I see every day on Temple’s campuses. Here at the Libraries, we strive to be part of that energy and excitement by providing the tools—books, electronic journals and databases, media—and the places and spaces—public programs, study rooms, work stations and social settings—for the discussion and development of new ideas.

If you’re new to our resources or just getting started on your research, I invite you to use Summon to locate a broad range of materials on your chosen topic. This universal search engine scans all of our library holdings and helps point you in the right direction. Or, start your research by connecting with an expert librarian. Visit us at the reference desk, ask questions online through our virtual Ask A Librarian services, or reach out to your subject specialist.

You’ll find more than 3 million volumes, 500,000 e-books, 10 million images, and 60,000 print and online subscriptions at Temple University Libraries. We can also help you locate resources held throughout our region and at other academic libraries. Check EZ Borrow for books or request book chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings, and DVDs through ILLAD.   If you think there’s something more we ought to have, your suggestions for new purchases are welcome.

The Libraries offer more than just resources—we are also the center of intellectual life on campus. I encourage you to meet with friends and colleagues, share ideas, study, or just spend time at your favorite library location. Stop by Paley Library,  or the Blockson Collection to check out our Beyond the Page public programming series and connect with guest speakers, scholars, and artists.

Above all, the Libraries support the community of students, scholars, learners and citizens at Temple’s campuses and throughout our city, region, and world.  Therefore, I invite your feedback regarding how we can improve our spaces, services, programs and resources.

I hope your visit with us today was informative and helpful; stop by again soon.


Best wishes,


Joe Lucia

Dean of University Libraries