A Guide to Temple University Libraries’ Media Services Department and the Media Center

The Media Services Department opened to the Temple community in 2008, as the Libraries recognized the increasing importance that media collections play in 21st-century teaching and research. The Libraries had overseen media collections previously, but they are now available in one, consolidated collection with an experienced media staff assisting with recommendations, requests and reference.

The department manages a dynamic and continually growing collection of DVDs and VHS tapes, and offers a full range of support services. The Media Center, where the department and collections are located, includes a variety of viewing stations and study rooms for group or solo study. A rich collection of micromaterials are found at the Media Center. Media Services staff also assists patrons with government documents. The Libraries’ users, and Temple’s academic community, are the most important voices in the growth of our media offerings, and the Media Services Department welcomes recommendations.

About the Media Center

Located on the ground floor of Paley Library, the Media Center is a fully equipped media lab. Temple’s media collections are housed here, and media specialists can help you find the materials you need, or offer recommendations on what to borrow.

The Center boasts:

  • 22 media viewing carrels equipped with DVD players, four of which have VCRs and all of which offer ample space to take notes or reference reading assignments while watching films;
  • four group-viewing rooms, which can be reserved for up to two hours and fit up to six people, and include white boards for brainstorming and tables for taking notes;
  • two video-editing stations with FinalCutPro;
  • a large soft-seating area with abundant power outlets for laptop use; and
  • excellent wireless connectivity.


Media Service’s Collections

The Media Services Department holds a rich collection of over 7,000 DVDs and VHS tapes. Robust holdings of classic and art films and television programs offer requisite materials for students, teachers and researchers in the fields of film, television, communications, theater and art. Documentary and educational films span a broad range of subjects in the social sciences, education, the humanities, the sciences and more. Popular film and television programs also offer a wonderful leisure collection for Temple’s community and library patrons.

The department also houses micro materials. The Media Center is home to nine microfilm readers, four of which are also scanners. Patrons frequently use microfilm to access newspapers including:  The London Times, The Philadelphia Daily News, The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Tribune, The New York Times, The Temple News, The Temple Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Media Services also assists patrons in using Paley’s government documents collection. The Libraries have been a Federal Depository Library since 1947 and a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Depository Library since 1971. We receive a full range of Federal and State Government information in a variety of formats.

Services and Requesting Materials

  • A Media Services information desk is staffed during the Center’s open hours.
  • Media Services staff assist faculty in setting up media- based course reserves.
  • Our Media Specialists can also oversee the borrowing and administration of faculty’s personal media collections for use by their classes.
  • Faculty can call or visit the Center to discuss their custom teaching needs with knowledgeable staff.
  • The Media Services Department is open to suggestions that will help our collections grow—stop by and tell us what you want to see at the Center or fill out a form online.


Top 10 Most Circulated Films

  • Do the Right Thing. Dir. Spike Lee. Perfs. Danny Aiello, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis. 1989.
  • Rushmore. Dir. Wes Anderson. Perfs. Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray. 1998.
  • 8½. Dir. Frederico Fellini. Perfs. Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale. 1963.
  • A Beautiful Mind. Dir. Ron Howard. Perfs. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly. 2001.
  • Requiem for a Dream. Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Perfs. Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly. 2000.
  • The 400 Blows. Dir. François Truffaut. Perfs. Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier. 1959.
  • Brazil. Dir. Terry Gilliam. Perfs. Jonathan Pryce, Robert DeNiro. 1985.
  • Casablanca . Dir. Michael Curtiz. Perfs. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman. 1942.
  • The Simpsons. The Complete Second Season. Created by Matt Groening. Featuring the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright.
  • Spirited Away . Dir. Hayao Miyazaki. Featuring the voices of Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Jason Marsden, Lauren Holly, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Chiklis, Tara Strong. 2001.


Visiting the Media Center

Paley Library, Ground Floor

1210 W. Berks Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122


Please visit library.temple.edu to find out the Media Center’s hours.