Library Search FAQs


On June 29, 2017, the Libraries, under the leadership of Director of Library Technology and Knowledge Management, David Lacy, launched the Library Search, which replaces Summon and the library catalog (known as Diamond). Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, the Libraries will solicit feedback from library patrons and continue to develop and build upon a new discovery environment. Based on the feedback and development work, an enhanced version including additional resources will be launched in June of 2018 along with a new website in anticipation of moving into Temple’s extraordinary new library building.

What is the Library Search?

The Library Search is your gateway to discover books, journal articles, newspapers, archival material, images, library research guides, and much more. It replaces Summon and Diamond.

When did the Library Search launch?

The Library Search launched on June 29th, 2017. 

What does the Library Search include?

The library search includes the following collections:

  • Library Catalog: books, e-books, journals, videos/DVDs, sound recordings, government documents, materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, etc.

  • Articles & Full-Text: hundreds of millions of journal articles, e-books, newspapers, and other resources available online

  • Temple Digitized Collections: digitized images and text from the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, electronic theses and dissertations, etc.

You can search all these collections simultaneously. Other materials included in the Library Search are research guides and databases.  

Do I still have access to the same materials?

There are no changes to the Temple University Libraries collections. In fact, you are now able to search more easily for these materials using the Library Search. In addition, material from other libraries remain available via E-ZBorrow and ILLiad interlibrary loan services, and other library databases continue to be accessible, including those for more subject-specific searching.

Why can't I access Diamond anymore?

As part of this launch, Temple University Libraries will no longer be providing access to Diamond. All of the records and functionality previously found in Diamond, including My Library Account and advanced search features, are now available through the Library Search. However, past saved lists, preferred searches, and reading histories in Diamond have not been transferred to the Library Search.
For faculty: Diamond links have changed and may no longer work in some cases. This may include those that you have saved in Blackboard/LCMS+.

Where can I find books and videos (previously in Diamond)?

You can still search for books and videos using the search tabs on the Libraries' homepage. You can also choose to search everything in the Library Search and then limit your results to books or videos. More information can be at How do I find books? 

Where can I find articles?

Link to new FAQ.

Where can I find journal titles? 

You can still search for journals using the search tab on the Libraries' homepage. You can also search for journals by title in the Library Search, either using the main search or the new version of Journal Finder. The new Journal Finder is accessible through the Library Search and from other parts of the library website. 

What features are included in the Library Search?

Many of the features available in Summon and Diamond are included in the Library Search. You can:

  • Search and browse our collections

  • Refine and limit your search results

  • Log into your library account

  • Renew checked-out items

  • Request items from other libraries

  • Save a list of items from your search results

  • Export search results to email and citation management tools

You also have different options for advanced searching, including new ways to filter your search results.

How is the Library Search be different from Summon?

The Library Search searches across all the Temple University Libraries collections at once, including books, articles, journals, and the Libraries' digital collections, and incorporates information previously found only in Diamond. With the Library Search, it will be easier and faster to identify what you are looking for and how to get it.

Do I need to update my items in Ares Course Reserves?

No, items in Ares are not affected by the launch of the Library Search.  

More questions?

If you need further assistance with the Library Search or have feedback, you can Ask a Librarian or contact Additional information can also be found in general FAQ's for Temple University Libraries.