Library Search FAQs

On July 3, 2017, the Libraries, under the leadership of Director of Library Technology and Knowledge Management, David Lacy, launched the Library Search, which replaces Summon and the library catalog (known as Diamond).

An enhanced version of the Library Search is currently under development at Temple University Libraries and is scheduled to replace the existing interface on August 6, 2018. To learn more about work in progress, please refer to the Library Search Road Map.

What is the Library Search?

The Library Search is your gateway to discover books, journal articles, newspapers, archival material, images, library research guides, and much more. It replaces Summon and Diamond.

When did the Library Search launch?

The Library Search officially launched on July 3rd, 2017. 

What does the Library Search include?

The library search includes the following collections:

  • Library Catalog: books, e-books, journals, videos/DVDs, sound recordings, government documents, materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, etc.

  • Articles & Full-Text: hundreds of millions of journal articles, e-books, newspapers, and other resources available online

  • Temple Digitized Collections: digitized images and text from the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, electronic theses and dissertations, etc.

You can search all these collections simultaneously. Other materials included in the Library Search are research guides and databases.  

Do I still have access to the same materials?

There are no changes to the Temple University Libraries collections. In fact, you can search all our collections in one place rather than checking through multiple systems. In addition, materials from other libraries remain available via E-ZBorrow and ILLiad interlibrary loan services, and other library databases continue to be accessible, including those for more subject-specific searching.

Why can't I access Diamond anymore?

As part of this launch, Temple University Libraries will no longer be providing access to Diamond. All of the records and functionality previously found in Diamond, including My Library Account and advanced search features, are now available through the Library Search. However, past saved lists, preferred searches, and reading histories in Diamond have not been transferred to the Library Search.
For faculty: Diamond links have changed and may no longer work in some cases. This may include those that you have saved in Canvas/LCMS+.

Where can I find books and videos (previously in Diamond)?

You will still be able to search for books and media using the search tabs on the Libraries' homepage. You can also choose to search everything in the Library Search and then limit your results to books or media.

For how-to instructions, refer to:

How is the Library Search be different from Summon?

The Library Search searches across all the Temple University Libraries collections at once, including books, articles, journals, and the Libraries' digital collections, and incorporates information previously found only in Diamond. With the Library Search, it will be easier and faster to identify what you are looking for and how to get it.

Where can I find articles?

You can search for articles using the Library Search or individual databases.

For how-to instructions, refer to: 

Where can I find journal titles? 

You can still search for journals using the search tab on the Libraries' homepage. You can also search for journals by title in the Library Search, either using the main search or the new version of Journal Finder. The new Journal Finder is accessible through the Library Search and from other parts of the library website. 

What features are included in the Library Search?

Many of the features available in Summon and Diamond are included in the Library Search. You can:

You also have different options for advanced searching, including new ways to filter your search results.

Do I need to update my items in Ares Course Reserves?

No, items in Ares are not affected by the launch of the Library Search.  

Where can I find privacy information about the Library Search? 

The Library Search's front-end interface is managed through Primo, a library discovery platform maintained and hosted by Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company. See the Primo Privacy Policy for information about the cookies used with Primo.

As part of our library services, the Temple University Libraries also collects information about library transactions through Alma, also hosted by Ex Libris. This information is accessible to library staff and Ex Libris for the purposes of managing library accounts. See Temple University Libraries’ policies on the Confidentiality of Patron Records and Ex Libris’ Security and Data Policy for more information.

More questions?

If you need further assistance with the Library Search or have feedback, you can Ask a Librarian or contact Additional information can also be found in the general FAQ's for Temple University Libraries.