New Flex-Study Space – Use for Group Work on 1st Floor

One challenge of using the Paley Library is finding a good group study space. There are study rooms on the upper levels and some movie viewing rooms on in the Media Services area, but nothing on the first floor. We have now added the Flex-Study Space, a new area in the Computer Commons on the first floor (west). Located in the corner opposite the News Media Lounge, the Flex-Study Space features folding screens that can be used to quickly create a room for group study. There are folding tables that can be individually or can be joined together into one large table that holds approximately ten people. There is also a computer monitor on the wall into which a student can connect his or her laptop. Please know that this is a study space so we ask that students refrain from using it for social activities such as parties, card games, etc. The Flex-Study space is open to all on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have questions about the space or need assistance, just stop at the “Ask Here” desk in the Computer Commons. Demi Lune table under a wall mounted flat screen TV.Larger surface area table in study room.

Expect Periodic Disruptions at Ambler Campus Library Over the Next Two Weeks

For a two-week period beginning Monday, August 16, 2010 the Ambler Campus Library is having new carpet installed. The Library will be closed for extended times during this two-week period. While disruptions to service are likely, Library staff are available to answer questions and resolve any difficulties caused by the carpeting work. The computer lab will be available for limited use, but printing may not always be available. Access to the books and other library materials will be addressed on a day-to-day basis. Every effort will be made to fill all requests. Materials from Paley and other libraries being sent to Ambler will be available to our patrons as usual. It is advised that you call ahead if you plan on coming to the library: 267-468-8643 or 267-468-8644 While this project was scheduled for when classes are out of session to minimize the disruption, the Libraries’ administration is aware that this will cause inconvenience for the Temple University community. For that we apologize. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated, and the staff of the Ambler Library looks forward to serving the community with a new look for the fall semester.

Announcing Changes at Science, Engineering & Architecture Library (SEAL)

Effective immediately, the Science, Engineering & Architecture Library (SEAL) will be renamed the Science and Engineering Library (SEL). This change is precipitated by soon to begin physical renovations to SEAL. Approximately 40% of SEAL’s existing footprint will become a new bio-engineering program space for the School of Engineering. In order to manage the loss of space, all of the architecture material is being integrated into the Paley Library collection. In addition, selection of architecture materials and liaison services, going forward, are now the responsibility of Jill Luedke, Art & Architecture Librarian. SEL will continue to provide all existing services and resources to the students, faculty and staff of the School of Engineering and the College of Science and Technology. The collection in SEL will include science and engineering books published after 2007, key reference materials, course reserves and print current periodicals. Computers and study spaces will continue to be available. The Library Systems & Technology Office is in the process of updating all references to SEAL on our website and in the library catalog. Please contact Gretchen Sneff, Head of the Science and Engineering Library, at or 1-7828 with any questions or concerns.

Important Announcement – Health Science Kresge Library Closes Wed. June 17 – New Facility Opens Fri. June 19

This Friday, June 19th, the new Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Health Sciences Library will open its doors to the health sciences community at Temple. Located in the New Medical Education and Research Building, this stunning new facility offers a centralized location for the resources and services formerly found at the Kresge and South Branch Libraries. The process of closing our old facilities and opening a new one has been complex, and we must truncate services for this week only.

Please keep in mind the following while accessing library services and resources over the course of this week:

  • Kresge Library is closing as of Wednesday, June 17th.
  • The only library facility that will be open on Wednesday, June 17th and Thursday, June 18th, is the South Branch Library, which will offer the following services:
    • Book Requests and Paging: requested materials will be acquired from any point in the relocation path. Once the material is retrieved, patrons will be contacted by telephone or email. If, for some reason, the material cannot be found quickly, library staff will request it on interlibrary loan
    • Reference services
    • Thirteen computer workstations for patron use
  • The Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Health Sciences Library and South Branch Library will be open concurrently from June 19th through June 26th.
  • As of Friday, June 26th, South Library will be closed and all health sciences services and resources will be available at the Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Health Science Library, located at Broad and Tioga Streets.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to seeing you in our new library. If you have any concerns about the move of the Health Sciences Libraries or need special assistance during the move please contact either Mark Allen Taylor, Library Director, at ext. 2-2402 or any member of the Health Sciences Library staff at ext. 2-book.

Media Services Department Officially Opens

You may have noticed changes happening on the ground level of Paley Library. Over the past few months the Library has been busy converting what used to be the periodicals room into a new Media Services department. On Monday, February 16 the Media Services department officially became operational. We have now moved the entire media collection from its current location at the Tuttleman Circulation/Reserve desk to the new Media Services location on the ground floor of Paley Library.

In addition to making available all types of media for regular (one week) and reserve (4 hours) loans, it offers multiple viewing stations and even several viewing rooms for groups. That means students can now easily borrow and view the media assigned for their courses in one location. Students may borrow headphones as well. A DVD browsing area is being developed so students and faculty can see the latest videos added to the collection. Faculty can continue to place videos and DVDs on reserve for their courses using the same procedure. Students should be directed to the new Media Services department to obtain media placed on reserve.

For more information about the new Media Services department, please contact Sebastian Derry, Head of Media Services.

The Paley Perk Wins A Close Contest

It came down to the wire and The Paley Perk is the winner of our cafe naming contest. For the last few days of November The Paley Perk and The Study Mug were running neck and neck towards the finish line. But it was ultimately The Paley Perk that took the cup. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for their favorite cafe name. Look for more information about the grand opening of the cafe in the spring semester when we officially name it The Paley Perk – and we award the grand prize – an 8 gb iPod Touch to the student who came up with the winning name.

More Computers On 2nd and 3rd Floors

The staff of the Paley Library are pleased with the positive response of the Temple student body to the renovation of our first floor computing area. In fact, the area has become popular quickly and at peak hours it can be a challenge to find a computer. See the photo below which shows the computer area on a recent afternoon at 3:00 pm.


While there are almost double the number of computers in the first floor west computing area compared to prior semesters it still does not always meet the demand. Students should keep in mind that there are still an additional 25 computers by the front window on the east side of the first floor. During the summer we also added 20 computers on the second floor (10 on each side of the building) and 6 on the third floor (all on the west side). See the photo below of some computers on the third floor.

3rdflpcs.JPG So if you can’t find a computer on the first floor computing area, keep in mind we have more computers at other locations in the Paley Library. Do note that all of the library’s computers print to the printers located in the first floor computing area.

Name the Cafe Space Contest

Paley Library has added a cafe to its newly renovated first floor computing commons. The cafe provides a library space for students to socialize and eat, and also compute since laptops can connect to the wireless network anywhere in the Library building. What the Library cafe doesn’t have is a name.

cafecontest.jpg We need our students’ help to find a great name for our cafe. To encourage participation the Library and Dining Services are sponsoring a “Name the Space” contest open to all Temple University students. We are looking for the best, cleverest or otherwise catchy name that has a book, reading or library theme to it. There is a great prize for the winner of the contest – an 8 GB ipod. Submit your entry to

Renovation Update: Ground Floor Closed 8/22 – 8/24

Construction of the new Media Services Department on the lower level of the Paley Library is proceeding on schedule. To allow for some especially disruptive work we will need to close the lower level to the public beginning Friday, August 22. The lower level will re-open on Monday, August 25. During this closure there will be no access to the Urban Archives Department, the microforms collection and much of our government documents collection. Please plan your library research accordingly.

Renovations Update – Week of July 28

Now that the new carpet is in place we’ll be adding new furniture this week, although you may have noticed the addition of some great new soft seating on the east side of the first floor last week. In addition to some painting work, you’ll see lots of new furniture being assembled all week on the first floor west of Paley Library. Most of this furniture will be for our computer work area. Not only are we adding new furniture but we’ll also be adding more computers to the area. Our new reference desk may be arriving this week as well. We also hope to have our self-service book checkout machines back in place and operating soon.

Renovations are also happening on the lower level of the Paley Library. Currently construction is taking place to create a new service desk area and to add several media viewing/study rooms. During this construction process the lower level is a bit of a mess. We recommend that you explore the second and third floors for good study and computing areas.

Thanks again to the Temple community for their patience and support during our renovation process.