Distance Learners

Distance Book Delivery

Distance Learning Book Delivery enables eligible members of the Temple University online learning community to request the loan of items owned by Temple at the Paley and Temple Ambler libraries. Eligible members are defined as those online learners living at lease 40 miles away from Temple's main Philadelphia campus.

In partnership with the Office of Digital Education online learners may request any regularly circulating item owned by Temple at Paley Library or Temple's Ambler campus library by signing into their ILLiad account. Borrowing privileges for online learners are identical to those extended to our on-Campus patrons.

Once the request has been received, library staff will retrieve the book and mail it to an eligible home address within one business day. Please allow an additional 1-3 business days for books coming from the Ambler campus.

All items will be shipped via UPS. Requesting students are responsible for renewing or returning all borrowed materials by due date and are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur while library material is in their possession and until it has been received back at Paley library.

Please note that we cannot loan items from our Special Collections, Reserves Department, bound serials, or items borrowed via Interlibrary Loan. Online learning students seeking permissible usage scans of book chapters or serial articles should use our Document Delivery Service for items owned by Temple or ILLiad for items owned by our partner libraries.

It is recommended that any member of our Temple community intending to use our Distance Learning Book Delivery service take a moment to register for their ILLiad account, open to all current students.

For queries regarding Book Delivery, Document Delivery or ILLiad services, please e-mail teuill@temple.edu or call 215-204-0754 and we will be happy to work with you to support your research needs!

Document Delivery

Document Delivery enables eligible members of the Temple University community to request scans from print items owned by Temple at the Paley, Ambler, and Health Sciences libraries.

Regardless of whether or where Temple owns a particular journal or book, in partnership with the Office of Digital Education online learners may request scans by creating and signing into their ILLiad account. Once the request has been made, library staff will locate and deliver a link to a pdf of the requested material directly to your e-mail.

Requests for scans of up to 20% of a book, to be capped at 50 pages will be eligible for fulfillment through Document Delivery. In addition, eligible patrons must make one unique request for each individual serial article they wish to have scanned.

For items that are on-shelf at one of the above listed Temple libraries, a scan will be supplied within 1-3 business days. If the requested item is missing, checked out, or not owned, Document Delivery will submit an Interlibrary Loan request to our partner libraries.

It is recommended that any member of our Temple community intending to use Document Delivery take a moment to register for their ILLiad account, open to all current students. Turnaround times for items requested via ILL are dependent on the lenders ability to supply us with the required document(s).

For queries about Document Delivery or ILLiad services, please e-mail teuill@temple.edu or call 215-204-0754 and we will be happy to work with you to support your research needs.