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Undergraduate user guide
Temple University Libraries is an essential resource that will help you make the most of your studies and time at Temple. The Libraries are your central hub for books and articles, research support, study space, cultural programs, and so much more. 
At the Libraries, you have access to: 
Librarians are here to help you succeed
Most academic disciplines at Temple have their own dedicated librarian. Whether you want to connect with a knowledgeable specialist about subject-specific research within your major, or you’re hoping to understand research techniques for a course in an unfamiliar subject, our librarians have the answers. Get to know your librarian.
Get tips on starting research, help choosing and using the right resources, or talk in-depth about your research project 
Schedule an appointment. Meet one-on-one with a librarian subject specialist about a research project or other need for information or library assistance.
For any other question or type of assistance you can always contact us via chat, email, or text (267-415-8925). See all the options at​.
Find materials
Use Library Search to find relevant resources related to your topic. Search by specific titles or browse broad topics and subject areas. Locate all types of materialsbooks, ebooks, scholarly articles, newspaper and popular magazine essays, scholarly journal articles, media resources, select archival materials, and electronic sourcesthrough one simple step.
Looking specifically for online resources? We have you covered. 
Research guides, developed by expert librarians for specific topics and courses, provide an overview of the best, most reliable, and most important sources. Get started on the right track at
Borrow materials
Use your OWLcard to check out library materials. The bulk of our collection is located in the BookBot. Make requests for materials online and pick them up at your choice of locations. The 4th floor of Charles Library offers a browsable collection of 180,000 books.
Please use our self-check machines where available. If you need additional assistance to borrow materials go to the One Stop Assistance desk
If we don’t have a book, article, or DVD, there’s a good chance one of our lending partners does. Request unavailable items through E-ZBorrow or ILLiad
Digital media tools and computing
Borrow a variety of electronic devices and equipment like iPads, Kindles, Chromebooks, GPS units, cameras, audio recorders, and tripods from the Libraries.
Go online and access electronic resources both on- and off-campus, borrow a laptop to get some work done, or charge your own device with one of our portable chargers or device charging stations.
Print in all library locations using your free print quota, which includes 300 pages/semester preloaded on your OWLcard. Wireless printing is available through our “Print on the Go” service.
Copy or scan materials. Copiers accept Diamond Dollars and/or cash, and scanning is always free.
Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio services
The Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio at Charles Library is your space to explore the latest technologies and methods in the digital humanities, digital arts, gaming, making, and more. Expert staff members can help you:
Study spaces
Students cite study space as one of their top academic success needs. Temple Libraries deliver by offering multiple types of study spaces geared to the needs of individuals and groups.
Book study rooms at Charles Library ahead of time, and read about available study rooms at the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library before your visit. 
The Libraries hold more than 4.5 million volumes in our general collections, electronic materials, and rare and unique special collections. All special collections must be used on site. 
Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection | 215-204-6632
Visit the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection for a first-hand account of African and African American history and culture. The Blockson Collection, located in Sullivan Hall, houses rare African American publications, photographs, manuscripts, visual and performing arts materials, and more, dating from the 16th century to today. For the spring 2021 semester, the Blockson Collection is currently open for research by appointment only. For more information about scheduling an appointment, please send an email to the Librarian, Aslaku Berhanu, at or give her a call at 215-204-4723.
Leisure Reading Collection
Visit the first floor of Charles Library and browse current bestsellers, popular fiction and nonfiction, mysteries, science fiction and fantasy, how-to manuals, self-help books, and more.
Special Collections Research Center | 215-204-8257
Visit the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) to access unique and rare archival materials for your class work and personal research projects. The SCRC, located on the first floor of Charles, is home to university archives; rare books and manuscripts; the regional Urban Archives collection; artists’ books; contemporary culture publications; and more. For the spring 2021 semester, SCRC is open for research visits by appointment only.
Public programs
Beyond the Page public programs, exhibitions, and workshops
Each semester, the Libraries host a series of talks, panels, exhibitions, workshops, and programs. This spring, events and workshops will be virtual. Visit for more info, and tag us at #BeyondThePageTU.
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