Welcome to Temple University Libraries

August 2017


Joe Lucia

I am pleased to welcome you to Temple University Libraries for the 2017–2018 academic year. Whether you visit us at one of our many locations or on our website, we are here to provide abundant services, resources, and support to help you excel during your time here at Temple and beyond.


Excitement is building as our new central library takes shape on Temple’s main campus. This forward-thinking new building is designed to inspire creation, engagement, and connection, and will set the standard for what a 21st century academic research library can be. Stay tuned for further updates and programs exploring this groundbreaking project.


Over the summer, our library staff worked diligently to launch the Library Search, which replaces Summon and Diamond and is now your gateway to discover books, journal articles, and much more. Use Library Search to browse more than 4.5 million titles in our general, media, electronic, and special collections. You will also find many materials from our special collections available in our Digital Collections and on PADigital, Pennsylvania’s hub for the Digital Public Library of America. And, you can visit the Special Collections Research Center or the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection to interact first-hand with our rare and unique materials.


For research assistance throughout the year, our subject librarians are available to offer personalized guidance and support. Stop by our Ask Desk or visit our Ask a Librarian page for a variety of ways to get in touch with us. The Libraries can also support your research and scholarship needs with access to makerspaces, 3D printers, other innovative technologies, and expert help at the Digital Scholarship Center, located on Paley Library’s ground floor, and the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library’s new Innovation Space.


We also invite you to join us at our Beyond the Page programs, the Libraries’ free academic and cultural programming series, which includes a variety of lectures, panels, concerts, workshops, readings, and more throughout each semester. If you would like receive updates about new and upcoming programs, please email byndthpg@temple.edu to add yourself to our mailing list.


I send you best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive school year, and encourage you to explore our resources, materials, and services in order to take full advantage of all the Libraries have to offer.



With warm regards,



Joe Lucia

Dean of University Libraries