This time last year, we kicked off the fall semester with the opening of the landmark new Charles Library on Main Campus. It was a joyous celebration of Temple’s commitment to learning, knowledge, and the future of academic libraries.
But in the spring semester, we had to close the new library and all our library locations as Temple grappled with the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic alongside our city, country, and world. It was a spring and summer like no other.
Now, we are carefully welcoming students and faculty back for the 2020-2021 academic year. While the upcoming semesters are sure to be full of challenges, we here at Temple Libraries are committed to providing you with important services and resources to help you succeed, whether you are on campus or off.
Our library locations are all open again, though with limited hours and reduced capacity. We have a number of safety measures in place to protect all our visitors, and I encourage you to read more about what to expect when visiting us in person as well as changes to services and access to spaces.
If you are looking for research materials, a good place to start is Library Search. Here, you can browse books, media, articles, journals, databases, and even materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.
For those who are attending classes and teaching remotely this fall, we’ve also compiled some helpful fully online resources. This page highlights our online collections and also includes specific support for students and faculty.
As always, subject librarians and subject matter experts are available for questions and virtual research consultations. Visit our Contact Us page to find staff members, book an appointment, or to chat, text, email, or call us.
The Libraries also continue to offer a variety of free events and workshops as part of the Beyond the Page public programming series. This fall, we are exploring the theme of Interruption, and all events will take place virtually.
For those interested in making use of the Libraries’ advanced equipment and technology, you can still visit the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio in Charles Library and the Innovation Space at Ginsburg Health Sciences Library—just be sure to make an appointment ahead of time.
We look forward to helping support you and your academic work this coming year. And remember, we are in this together, so we can be together.
With warm regards,
Dean of University Libraries