Welcome to the Temple University Libraries

September 2016

Joe Lucia


Welcome to the 2016 fall semester at Temple University Libraries! I hope that whether you visit us online or in person, you will find materials and resources that are engaging, inspiring, and help you transform your work.



Across all of our Libraries, collections remain at the heart of our enterprise. Our vast special, general, electronic, and media holdings total more than 4.5 million volumes, and you can search these resources through our simple, one-stop tool—Summon. Or, visit our Special Collections Research Collection (SCRC) or Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, and browse the university’s premier collections of rare and archival materials. Temple is also a leading collaborator and contributor to the Digital Public Library of America’s Pennsylvania hub, a centralized, online repository for the historical, social, and cultural record—I hope you will take the opportunity to explore this fantastic digital collection.



If you would like help with searching, citing, and using our rich and robust resources, you can reach our expert librarians via our Ask a Librarian page, or stop by our service points in person. In addition, you can head to the ground floor of Paley Library to visit our Digital Scholarship Center (DSC) for research assistance or to attend one of our workshops on making and developing projects across a wide range of disciplines.



The Libraries’ Beyond the Page public programming series fosters conversation, discovery, and collaboration, as we enrich our communities and support learning at Temple and beyond. This season, we are featuring three cross-disciplinary series: Seeing Stories: Visualizing Sustainable Scholarship, The Music of the Great Migration, and Migrations.



Finally, you may have noticed that construction has begun on our extraordinary new library building. This incredible structure will serve as a centerpiece on main campus and a model for university libraries in the 21st century. You can view the construction site live; be sure to check back in the upcoming months to learn more. In the meantime, I encourage you to take full advantage of the growing services, programs, and resources we offer every day.  



With warm wishes,


Joe Lucia

Dean of University Libraries