Farewell, Paley Library!

Saying goodbye to Paley, photo by Brae Howard

On May 9, the Libraries hosted a “Goodbye to Paley” open house. Paley has been the library’s home on Main Campus since 1966, and has meant so much to the Temple students, faculty, staff, community members, and visitors who have walked through its doors.

Library staff performs hits from 1966, photo by Brae Howard

Around 250 people joined us to celebrate, to reminisce, and to say goodbye to Paley. Our open house featured an SCRC photo exhibit, zinemaking station, video booth for sharing Paley memories, library furniture sale, live music, and more. Dean Joe Lucia also offered remarks on the history of Paley and the shifts we’ve seen in academic libraries since the 1960s, when Paley first opened. It was a fitting send off as we prepare to open a new 21st century library across the street.

At the end of the day, we officially closed Paley Library in order to begin the move to Charles Library. The move process will continue throughout the summer, as we work toward opening the new library for the fall semester in August.


Images of Paley Library from the SCRC, photo by Brae Howard

While Paley will no longer function as a library, the building will live on as “Samuel Paley Hall.” It will be the new home for the College of Public Health and will continue to house the Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology.



While we will miss Paley dearly, we are excited about completing the move to Charles and opening the new state-of-the-art facility to the public.

Library furniture on sale, photo by Brae Howard

New Year’s Resolutions? No Problem! Let the Libraries Help

Happy 2019 and welcome back for the spring semester! Are you ready to make 2019 your best year yet? The Libraries have you covered. Read on to learn about new and ongoing initiatives and resources that will help you keep your resolutions and start off the new year strong.Image of tree blooming into spring


Exercise your creativity

Today marks the opening of our creative writing contest to commemorate the new Charles Library and the launch of the Short Edition short story dispenser. Submit a short original piece by March 8 for a chance to win a cash prize and/or be published in Temple’s first short story dispenser.

Make some extra money

If you’re an undergrad, consider submitting your research and creative projects to the Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards (submissions open through February 18) for a chance at winning a prestigious honor and cash prize.

Start a new project

Want to try your hand at podcasting, photography, or film? The Libraries can help! We lend out audiovisual equipment like DSLR cameras, Flip cameras, audio recorders, and tripods from our Media Services department. We also have workstations for editing your projects. Visit the Media Services desk on the ground floor of Paley Library to learn more.

Learn a new skill

Interested in 3D printing or Virtual Reality? Our Digital Scholarship Center houses a makerspace and VR lab. You will also find expert staff on hand and a variety of workshops and orientations to get you started.

Read a good book

There’s nothing like getting lost in the world of a new book. Browse Paley Library’s leisure reading collection on the first floor, near the Ask Here desk, and see what new worlds you can discover.

Elevate your research

Use our Ask a Librarian service to work with an expert subject librarian to deepen and develop your research and/or personal projects.

Take in a cultural experience

Need a little more culture in your life? The Libraries’ Beyond the Page public programming series offers a variety of free lectures, concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, and more that are sure to entertain and engage. Did we mention they are free?


National Poetry Month Is Here!

What better way to bring in April than with National Poetry Month? Established by the Academy of American Poets, this month celebrates the enduring legacy and ongoing work of American poets and encourages us to support poets and poetry.

Wondering how you can join in the fun? Sign up for Poem-a-Day at poets.org, and you will receive a brand new, previously unpublished poem in your inbox every day. Check out today’s poem, “Agatha” by Dorothea Lasky.

If you’re interested in getting involved on campus, look no further than the Babel Poetry Collective, which is a collection of spoken word poets, musicians, vocalists, and emcees.

Another way to celebrate poetry is to share your favorite poem with a friend. Here, I’ll start: check out “Onset” by Kim Addonizio. Now, it’s your turn!

Our Staff Recommends: Reading Essentials for Spring Break

Spring Break is right around the corner! Looking to take a break from studying and stretch out with a good book? Read on for recommendations from our library staff on what they are reading right now and what you just can’t miss. We hope you find your new favorite book!

I recommend The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst. I’m still reading it, but to summarize I’d say it’s about a family torn apart by and attempting to come back together after Hurricane Katrina. It brings to life the other worldly, apocalyptic post-storm horrors as experienced by different family members.

–Kathy Lehman, Supervisor, Circulation and Reserve


Two Faces of American Freedom by Aziz Rana argues that American freedom in the form of Republican self-rule was predicated on the domination of subordinate populations, both internally and externally. The book explains how this dynamic has played out in the course of American history, and is relevant today in thinking about contested positions on immigration. This book is also available online. 

–Fred Rowland, Reference Librarian, Classics, Economics, Philosophy, and Religion



I loved The Unseen World by (Temple Liberal Arts writer-in-residence!) Liz Moore. The novel follows protagonist Ada Sibelius as she decodes the clues of her father’s past. It’s part family mystery, part computer science history, part coming-of-age story. I couldn’t put it down. Moore did a reading for us in the fall and the crowd loved her as much as I do.

–Sara Curnow Wilson, Library Outreach and Communications Administrator



First is Elizabeth Tova Bailey’s The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, which my daughter gave me for Christmas. It’s an utterly absorbing personal narrative of the way a debilitating illness is lightened and enriched for the author by intimate daily observation of a common garden snail in a terrarium – a gift given to the author by a visiting friend during that illness. In spite of the odd subject, it is a profoundly intimate and moving book. We don’t hold it but you can get it from the Free Library.

[Editor’s Note: See bottom of this post for other borrowing options!]

Second is Robert Hass’s A Little Book on Form: an exploration into the formal imagination in poetry. For anyone of a literary bent, it is an utterly readable and entertaining jaunt through many possible ways of understanding “form” as a dimension of poetry in the English and American traditions from the Renaissance to the present. That may sound dry, but Hass has such a lively and personal voice that it’s fun to read and consistently provides new insights into the many ways poems work. Especially of interest to aspiring poets.

Finally, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. It’s hard to describe this patchwork of prose poems that is one of the most probing and troubling investigations of race in contemporary American experience. It is somewhat dense and demanding but it is worth the effort. The section on Serena Williams is itself worth the price of admission.

–Joe Lucia, Dean of Libraries




I’d like to recommend The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. I’m only halfway through this book but it’s already unlike anything I’ve ever read! It follows two generations of Chinese scientists as they grapple with the future of humankind. The narrative of The Three-Body Problem weaves together a huge range of subjects including the Cultural Revolution, virtual reality games, nanotech, aliens, and theoretical physics, and still somehow manages to have a suspenseful storyline.

–Sarah Jones, Science & Engineering Librarian



I recommend Lila by Marilynne Robinson. It’s a beautiful rendering of character and place, set in rural Iowa. If you are interested in studying the craft of fiction writing, Robinson shows you how to weave seamlessly from thought to memory to present. It’s astonishing, and the characters stay with you long after you finish the book.

–Beckie Dashiell, Editor



One final tip: Temple doesn’t hold a copy? You can borrow from other libraries using E-ZBorrow or ILLiad and pick up at your Temple library!



Dear Temple, Welcome Back! Love, the Libraries

It may be a new year and the start of a new semester, but the Libraries are here, as always, to help you learn and succeed, with materials, resources, and a whole slew of free academic and cultural programs.

Paley Library, photo courtesy Chris Kendig

For example, did you know you could save money and borrow your course textbooks right here in the Libraries? Check out Course Reserves and see if your instructor has placed any of your course materials on reserve.

From bottom left: Librarians Sarah Jones, Latanya Jenkins, and Urooj Nizami share information about library resources with students. Photo courtesy Chris Kendig.

As a member of the Temple community, you also have access to the Libraries’ vast collection of databases for your research, including Nexis Uni, which is back by popular demand!

Not sure where to start? We have comprehensive Research Guides for each of your course subjects, as well as our How Do I…? guides for help with basic tasks and services.

And don’t forget about the Libraries’ Beyond the Page public programming series, where you can find a variety of free programs, concerts, workshops, and more to keep you intellectually engaged this semester.

Here are a few more tips to help you start the new year off right!

  • Check out our Media Services, where you can borrow DVDs, audio and camera equipment, Chromebooks, iPads, and more.
  • Use the newly streamlined Library Search to discover books, ebooks, articles, and much more.
  • Discover who the Subject Librarian is for each of your courses and use our Ask a Librarian service to get in touch.
  • Explore all the cool things you can do at the Digital Scholarship Center, including 3D printing!
  • The Libraries are here for all your Printing needs.
  • This story from a fall issue of Nutshell has even MORE tips!

A workshop in the Digital Scholarship Center, photo courtesy Brae Howard

Extended Saturday Hours at Paley!

Starting at 8:00 AM on December 7 through 8:00 PM on December 20, the Libraries go 24/7 for final exams. But we’re sweetening the deal! Leading up to December 7, we’re extending our Saturday hours and staying open until 10:00 PM (instead of 7:00 PM). So whether you’re working on a group project or a research paper, we’ve got you covered during the end of the semester crunch.

Remember you can book a study room ahead of time, and stay tuned for information about snacks, activities, and therapy dogs coming at you during reading days and finals period.


*Please note that normal Saturday hours (9:00 AM–7:00 PM) will apply on the Saturday that falls over Fall Break (November 25).*

Back to School with Temple University Libraries

Jasmine, Cynthia, and Urooj at the Libraries’ Temple Fest table on Wednesday, August 23, photo courtesy Sara Curnow Wilson

Welcome to Fall 2017 at the Libraries! Whether this is your first semester or your last, we invite you to explore the variety of resources, services, materials, and programs the Libraries offer every day.

For undergraduates who are looking for a refresher or introduction to services, our Undergraduate User Guide is a good place to start!

We also have information about services for graduate students, faculty, alumni, and visitors.

Here are a few highlights to get you started:

  • Check out our Media Services, where you can borrow DVDs, audio and camera equipment, Chromebooks, iPads, and more.
  • Use the newly streamlined Library Search to discover books, ebooks, articles, and much more.
  • Discover who the Subject Librarian is for each of your courses and use our Ask a Librarian service to get in touch.
  • Explore all the cool things you can do at the Digital Scholarship Center, including 3D printing!
  • Don’t forget, the Libraries are here for all your Printing needs.

Visit us at Temple Fest on Wednesday (8/30) for even MORE information and goodies. As always, we send you best wishes for a great semester.

Beckie and D’Era at the Libraries’ Temple Fest table, Thursday, August 24, photo courtesy Kaitlyn Semborski

Graduates: Learn About Your Alumni Privileges at the Libraries!

Congratulations new Temple grads! Did you know that your access to the Libraries doesn’t end here? As an alum, you can continue to use the Libraries as your gateway for lifelong learning.

Alumni services include:

  • Borrowing Privileges
  • Entry to Programs and Events
  • AskALibrarian Reference               Services
  • Use of Electronic Resources While On Campus

Find out more about other services and apply for your Alumni Borrowers Card.

Stay in Touch
Connect with the Libraries on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and sign up for our mailing list to receive updates and information about upcoming programs. Email byndthpg@temple.edu to add your name to the list.

Open Access Week 2016 at the Libraries

oalogoThis week, October 24–28, is Open Access Week, a global event that promotes the benefits of Open Access (OA) in the academic and research community. Core tenets include free online access to scholarly research and the right to use and re-use those results in your own academic work. The important implications for academia, medicine, science, and society as a whole speak to an overall advancement of scholarship, as OA increases the exposure and use of published research.  

Temple University Libraries is joining the conversation around OA through a series of pop-up events, a panel discussion, a lecture, and a webinar, and we invite you to stop by for the following:

At Main Campus

Visit our Pop-Up Tables:
Monday, October 24, 1:00–3:00 PM, SERC Lobby
Tuesday, October 25, 2:00–4:00 PM, Anderson Hall Lobby
Thursday, October 27, 12:00–2:00 PM, Gladfelter Hall Lobby

Panel Discussion:
Thursday, October 27, 3:00 PM
“Open Access and the Future of Scholarly Publishing,” a panel discussion with Rebecca Kennison of the Open Access Network and Temple University faculty members
Paley Library Lecture Hall

Friday, October 28, 12:00 PM 
View the webinar “Understanding and Protecting Your Rights As an Author”
Paley Library Lecture Hall


At the Health Sciences Campus

Open Access Week Table-a-Thon:
Monday, October 24, 12:00–1:30 PM, School of Dentistry Building
Tuesday, October 25, 12:00–1:30 PM, Medical Education and Research Building
Friday, October 28, 12:00–1:30 PM, Pharmacy and Allied Health Building
Join us for Open Access trivia and win library swag!

Wednesday, October 26, 9:30–10:30 AM
Open Access Week Lecture: An Introduction to Open Access, the history of the Open Access movement, and tips to avoid predatory publishing!
Health Sciences Campus, Ginsburg Library Computer Lab, Room 248


Contact Associate University Librarian Steven Bell or Stephanie Roth (for the Health Sciences Campus) with questions.  

Back to School with the Libraries: Tips & Resources from Your Subject Librarians

Welcome to the fall semester! Whether you are looking for research assistance, to browse or borrow from our collections, or for a place to study, we hope to see you in the Libraries soon. In the meantime, we want to remind you of all the resources and services available to you by checking in with a few of your subject librarians for tips, resources, and advice. Kristina DeVoe, English and Communication Librarian; Rebecca Lloyd, History, Latin American Studies, Spanish & Portuguese Librarian; and Jill Luedke, Art, Art History, Architecture Librarian each offer their perspectives below.


1. What’s the library resource you can’t stop talking about and why?

Kristina DeVoe, photo courtesy Dustin Fenstermacher

Kristina DeVoe, photo courtesy Dustin Fenstermacher

Kristina: I’ve been having conversations about citation management tools with graduate students lately. Tools like zotero, RefWorks, and Mendeley are like smartphone contacts list for the sources that have the most influence on your work. Citation management tools help you format sources for a paper and keep track of the most important sources you encounter so that you can “get in touch” with them again later. Some citation management tools are very basic, while others allow for note-taking, file uploads, and have social sharing options.

Rebecca: Global Issues in Context is one of my favorite library resources. This database brings together content from a wide range of sources and media including news, academic journals, videos and podcasts. It’s a great introduction to international issues like the European migrant crisis or food shortages in Venezuela. You can search by topic or country and quickly find background information, historical context, and in-depth articles. It’s an extremely useful source for undergraduate research in the social sciences and humanities.

Jill: Zines! We have a pretty sweet collection of zines (pronounced “zeens”). Zines are diy self-published magazines that have their roots in the 1930s science fiction fandom culture. Zines are still produced today, often by fringe and outsider communities. Recently, Temple Libraries scored a donation of over 300 zines from a local collector. We now have zines that span almost 90 years and cover topics such as LGBTQ, race and identity, feminism, Philadelphia culture, science fiction, and more.


2. What’s one piece of advice about using the Libraries you want to share with students?

Kristina: The Libraries is more than just books. It’s a dynamic, ever-changing space on campus for a whole range of activities from getting one-on-one research help and broadening your skills and knowledge sets in a variety of areas to engaging programs and relaxing from the stress of finals week, plus much more!

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Rebecca Lloyd, photo courtesy Dustin Fenstermacher

Rebecca: Librarians can help with far more than finding books! We can work with students on all stages of the research process from choosing and evaluating the feasibility of a topic, to exploring new digital research methods like textual analysis or GIS mapping, to managing your research and citations using tools like Mendeley or RefWorks.

Jill: Remember to breathe. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed or both, take three long deep breaths and slowly sigh them out. This won’t magically compose your thesis statement or make that perfect article appear, but it will definitely put you in a better place than you were three breaths ago. Then, go talk to a librarian.


3. Can you share a favorite interaction with a student or a course you’ve had recently?

Kristina: I had the happy pleasure of working closely with a Diamond Research Scholar last year during the student’s year-long research intensive, hybridized poetic project, serving as a kind of mentor. We met regularly to carve out the scope of the project, identify relevant resources, and discuss available productivity tools to help guide her workflow and creative writing process. The student presented her culminating project at TURF-CreWS and later applied to the Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award, which she won in the Creative Works and Media Production category!

Rebecca: I am working with a class this semester that will be creating and editing Wikipedia pages for an assignment. I’ve had great meetings with the instructor thus far. While this is new territory for both of us, we are very excited that students will get to be active creators of content that can have an impact beyond a typical class research paper. In learning how Wikipedia articles are written and edited, students will also become more savvy and critical users of Wikipedia and other sources. I am eager to partner with instructors on innovative assignments and new approaches to information literacy!


Jill Luedke, photo courtesy Dustin Fenstermacher

Jill: Last year I decided to take my engagement with contemplative pedagogy a step further and reached out to a couple studio instructors to gauge their interest in letting me teach mindfulness to their students. Both instructors agreed to let me teach a series of three 30-minute sessions in their classroom. I talked to the students about mindful and contemplative practices and taught a few basic techniques they could use anywhere, anytime.

4. What’s your favorite part about the beginning of the semester?

Kristina: I enjoy catching up with faculty on their research endeavors and helping them with their course preparation. I also enjoy the energy and excitement surrounding TempleFest.

Rebecca: I always enjoy the buzz of excitement and energy among the incoming students who are eager to think, learn, and be challenged in new ways.

Jill: I still get excited for the first day of school. I can feel the energy amp up as the semester draws nearer. The fresh curiosity of the new students and the cultivated inquisitiveness of the upperclassmen, all of them eager to begin again, bring a palpable vigor to campus.


Remember, you can contact your librarian directly or schedule an appointment. Our AskALibrarian services are also a direct line to research support.