Media Services

Media Services Browsing Collection


During Fall and Spring sessions, typical hours are:

Monday to Thursday: 8am - 10pm
Friday: 8am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 7pm
Sunday: Noon - 10pm

For more information on intersession and holiday closings, please check the Media Services' hours calendar.



Located on the ground floor of Paley Library, Media Services houses the library's collection of movies on VHS and DVD, as well as CD-ROMs and a small number of audio CDs & cassettes.  Anyone with a Temple ID may borrow these items for a period of 7 days.

All media materials is listed in the Library Search – search by title, director, actor, subject, or keyword using the Videos tab. In addition, browseable lists arranged by genre and language are located on the Find Videos/DVDs research guide.

We welcome your suggestions for media purchases. Please use our online request form, contact a librarian subject specialist, or email


Physical Reserves:  Faculty and instructors may place films on course reserve at the Media Services desk. Students can watch reserved DVDs (from any region) and VHS tapes at the library's viewing carrels. We also allow reserve viewing in two small group viewing rooms that are available for reservation.

Streaming Reserves:  Faculty teaching distance education classes should contact Media Services Librarian Brian Boling with requests for streaming reserves.  Please allow at least six weeks for license negotiation, digitization, and captioning. Unfortunately, not all films are available to license for online delivery.  For more information, visit our Stream Video To My Online Course research guide.

Equipment:  The Media Services area contains two Macintosh workstations with Final Cut Pro 7 for editing video projects.  We also loan Canon T3i DSLR cameras, Flip cameras, Zoom digital audio recorders, and tripods.

Electronic Devices:  Media Services loans Chromebooks, iPads, Kindles loaded with eBooks, and GPS units for GIS data collection. See our Borrow Electronic Devices research guide for additional information.

Microform:  Three workstations in the area feature ScanPro 3000 digital microform readers.  Media Services staff can provide assistance locating and using the micromaterials (microfilm & microfiche) and Government Documents collections, both located nearby on the ground floor.

Contact Us...Stay Informed

The Media Services desk can be reached by phone 215-204-8204, email, and via contact information for individual Media Services staff members.  Or you can drop by for a visit anytime during business hours. 

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