A Guide to the Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Health Sciences Library

Temple University Health Sciences Libraries

Temple University Libraries’ Mission:
Connecting people and ideas to enhance learning, patient care & research

Providing the highest quality of information resources and services, the Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Library and the Charles E. Krausz Library, which constitute the Health Sciences Libraries, support the mission and goals of the health sciences center and Temple University.


The Ginsburg Library

Located in the Medical Education and Research Building, the Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Library provides access to a wealth of online and print materials and offers space for individual study, collaborative learning and information instruction. It serves the information needs of the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, the College of Public Health and Temple University Hospital.

Learning, collaboration and innovation are the hallmarks of 21st century healthcare. Students from all of Temple University Health Sciences programs can come together in our space.


Seating for nearly 1,000 patrons is located throughout the Library’s three floors.

  • Over 100 public workstations are available for use by students. Specialized software is installed to create new opportunities for learning.
  • 2 classrooms designed to meet the library user’s education needs.
  • Multipurpose use areas can be converted into unique learning spaces.
  • Students can reserve individual study rooms for self-directed learning.


Over 30 study rooms are available for individual student study or collaborative work. Chief among these are 19 technologically-advanced collaborative learning rooms with flat screen panels for displaying and reviewing electronic information.


The Library’s Innovation Space includes 3 complimentary work zones – fabrication, consultation and collaboration/presentation. It houses a selection of 3D printers and scanners, high-end laptops, IT enabled conversation “booths”, and a convertible IT service desk/teaching podium.

Regular Hours for the Ginsburg Library (Hours vary during summer and holidays)

Monday – Thursday: open 24 hours
Friday: close at 10 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am – overnight

The Charles E. Krausz Library

Located at the School of Podiatric Medicine, the Charles E. Krausz Library, founded in 1963, provides access to a variety of online and print materials and offers student study space and a computer lab. It serves the information needs of the students, clinical staff and researchers at the School of Podiatric Medicine.

Containing the largest collection of podiatric literature in the country, the Charles E.Krausz Library also provides desktop computers, printing services, space for quiet study and individual study rooms.

Regular Hours for the Krausz Library (Hours vary during summer and holidays)

Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 11:30 pm
Friday: 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 11:30 pm


Librarians and staff are always on hand to help the health sciences community at Temple find the essential information they need. For patient care, library staff can provide rush services.

Reference Services


Liaison librarians offer assistance in online searching, answer factual questions and provide support for in-depth research through training sessions, and consultations.

Access Services


Library staff manage the reserve collection, the laptop and iPad loan program, and other AV resources. If material is not available within Ginsburg Library, staff will find and deliver it as needed in the format needed through Interlibrary Loan (hscill@temple.edu).

Education Services


Library staff teach everywhere through workshops, classroom lectures and outreach. Using video and online conference resources, library staff can provide distance learning students help at their point of need.

Research Services


Library staff and librarians provide support for researchers through consultation and education in areas of scholarly publication, systematic review, data management and credentialing.


In the rapidly changing world of health and biomedical sciences, the library staff works on providing the most up-to-date information—while recognizing the need to preserve scholarly works of historical significance. The Libraries hold over 159,000 volumes and provide access to over 4,000 serial titles. Subject specialists work with faculty and researchers to create a collection that, regardless of format, meets the needs of students, researchers, clinicians and faculty, not just for the moment but for the future. As technology changes the way we interact with information, the Health Sciences Libraries collection will keep pace with the new, while providing stewardship for the essential.

Our research guides—available at guides.temple.edu/hsl—provide a gateway for faculty, staff and students to discover the resources specific to their discipline. Other guides cover multi-disciplinary content areas. Each research guide pulls together library purchases, subscriptions and vetted online resources that serve as a portal to the highest quality information on selected health sciences topics.

Health Sciences Libraries


Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Library
Medical Education and Research Building
3500 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Charles E. Krausz Library
School of Podiatric Medicine
8th and Race Streets, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 625-5205