Friends Brochure

Temple University Libraries

"When I came to Temple, I had never had such riches as I saw all around me in the Sullivan library. I remember poring over periodicals and reference works I'd never seen before, and taking out more books than I could possibly ever read. I used to look at my bursar's card with delight; it was my passport to these wonderful things!" —Francis Sutton, EDU '38

Friends of Temple University Libraries

“The road to success is through the reading of good books." — Russell Conwell

At the heart of every great university is a great library.

The mission of Temple University Libraries is to provide high-quality resources and state-of-the-art informa¬tion services to meet the needs of Temple University's students, scholars and instructors, as well as the broader community, and to preserve the cultural, historical and research record for future generations.

Students, faculty and researchers today depend not only on books and journals, but also on the latest electronic information and resources.

With the support of alumni and friends like you, the University Libraries are able to uphold this mission and make enhancements that truly affect library users.

Services and Collections

The Libraries Collections include more than 3 million volumes; subscriptions to 51,000 journals and serials and electronic access to over 450 research databases.

The Digital Diamond catalog contains thousands of digitized image files from the Libraries' special collections, including historical photographs of Philadelphia, international war posters, architectural slides and other archival materials.

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection is one of the nation's premiere collections on the study and research of people of African descent throughout the world. Materials in the collection date from 1581 and include rare books and pamphlets, prints, photo¬graphs, slave narratives, manuscripts, letters, art and artifacts as well as thousands of taped interviews and radio programs on African and African American history and culture.

Special Collections include the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection, the Conwellana-Templana Collection, the Contemporary Culture Collection, the Philadelphia Dance Collection and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection.

Urban Archives' collections document the social, economic and political development of Philadelphia since the late 19th century, including an indexed clipping file and more than five million original photographs from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

Friends of Temple University Libraries

When you give to the University Libraries, you support Temple's intellectual mission. So please support Temple University Libraries today and make your gift to help preserve the past, as well as invest in the future.

With your gift, you can help Temple:

  • add books, films, databases and other materials to the collections;
  • create state-of-the-art research workstations;
  • preserve rare and fragile materials for future students and scholars;
  • make the archives accessible to alumni and friends through digitization; and
  • provide research instruction to thousands of students each year.


Benefits for Friends of Temple University Libraries:

  • borrowing privileges at the University Libraries
  • newsletter subscription
  • invitations to special programs, events and receptions
  • inhouse access to Temple University Libraries' vast electronic resources