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The University Libraries

Maureen Pastine, University Librarian
(215) 204-8231/8211

The Libraries of Temple University form an extensive network of services and resources that supports the educational and research needs of the University's students and faculty. The Libraries support the University schools and colleges on the Main Campus, Temple University Ambler, Tyler School of Art, and Temple University Center City. The Health Sciences Center Libraries serve the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy, the College of Allied Health Professions, and the Temple University Hospital at the Health Sciences Center. The Law Library supports the faculty and students of the School of Law on the Main Campus. The University also provides library services for students attending Temple University Harrisburg Center, Temple University Rome and Temple University Japan.

Computer technology plays a crucial role in identifying and locating the vast array of resources owned by the University's system of libraries. An Online Catalog lists library holdings and course reserves and their circulation status. The Scholars Information Center network links SIC workstations on six University campus locations: Main Campus, the Health Sciences Center, Temple University Center City, Tyler School of Art, Temple University Ambler and Temple University Harrisburg. From the SIC workstation, users conduct research using CD-ROM and online databases; access local and external computing facilities using local, regional, and international networks; and manipulate and analyze retrieved data using popular software packages for word-processing, database management, and spreadsheet and presentation design.

Expert assistance in exploring the resources of the library system is provided by reference staff. Students are introduced to basic library skills through a self-paced workbook, the completion of which is a requirement of the University's Core Curriculum for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Students test the accuracy of their work using the computerized Learning Library Skills Program in the Scholars Information Center. Librarians also provide advanced library instruction classes tailored to individual courses.

The combined collections of the Temple University Libraries include more than 2.4 million volumes and 15,000 current serial subscriptions, as well as extensive collections of microforms and cartographic, graphic, and audiovisual materials. The University participates in the Federal Depository Library Program, through which it receives 60 percent of the publications issued by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Special collections include the Urban Archives Center, which documents the social, economic, and physical development of the Philadelphia metropolitan area since the mid-19th century; the University Archives; the Rare Books and Manuscripts, Contemporary Culture, and Science Fiction and Fantasy collections; and the Blockson Afro-American Historical Collection.

When local holdings do not supply needed material, faculty and students may choose to access the collections of other universities and colleges, either directly or indirectly. The University's participation in the Research Libraries Group (RLG) provides for reciprocal on-site access to the libraries of approximately 30 major U.S. academic institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rutgers, Penn State, Columbia, and New York University. Students and faculty may also request books and copies of journal articles through Interlibrary Services. These requests are filled using an international network of cooperating academic, public, and special libraries. The Libraries also offer a fee-based service that can supply copies of journal articles from commercial sources on a cost-recovery basis.

The resources of the University Libraries are housed in Paley Library and in ten separate facilities serving specific disciplines and campus locations. These are:

  • Ambler Library, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002, (215) 283-1383
  • Biology Library, 248 Biology Life Sciences Building, Main Campus, (215) 204-8878
  • Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Historical Collection, Sullivan Hall, Main Campus, (215) 204-6632
  • Chemistry Library, Beury Hall, first floor, Main Campus, (215) 204-7120
  • Engineering and Architecture Library, College of Engineering, 2nd floor, Main Campus, (215) 204-7828
  • Mathematical Sciences Library, 407 Wachman Building, Main Campus, (215) 204-8434
  • Paley Library, 13th Street and Berks Mall, Main Campus, (215) 204-8211
  • Physics Library, Barton Hall, Main Campus, (215) 204-7649
  • Temple University Center City, 1616 Walnut Street, Room 422, Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 204-6950
  • Tyler School of Art Library, Beech and Penrose Avenues, Elkins Park, PA 19027, (215) 782-2849
  • Zahn Library, 139 Ritter Annex, Main Campus (215) 204-8481

Reading rooms and libraries are also maintained by several academic programs. The following facilities are located on the Main Campus.

  • College of Liberal Arts Educational Technology Center, AL-21 Anderson Hall, (215) 204-8265
  • Esther Boyer College of Music Record Library, 100 Presser Hall, (215) 204-8338
  • Social Science Data Library, 863 Gladfelter Hall, (215) 204-5001