Library Instruction

Faculty may arrange for group instruction for their classes by scheduling a session with the librarian for their subject area.

Schedule a library instruction session.

Temple Libraries' User Education Program

The mission of Temple Libraries' instruction program is to develop information literacy in Temple students, faculty, and staff, enabling them to independently seek, retrieve, evaluate, and use information in order to solve problems and generate knowledge.

The goals of the instruction program are to:

  1. Provide information literacy-based orientation and instruction to all Temple undergraduates throughout the course of their studies at Temple.
  2. Support Temple graduate student research with resource-based instruction for their discipline.
  3. Actively partner with faculty, staff, and University administration to integrate information literacy instruction into Temple coursework and instructional planning.
  4. Support lifelong learning, ensuring that Temple graduates will use information effectively and ethically to contribute to a diverse, global society.

Information Literacy Standards for Temple Students

  1. The student will determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
  2. The student will access information effectively and efficiently.
  3. The student will critically evaluate information and its sources.
  4. The student will use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  5. The student will understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access information ethically and legally.

Information Literacy and the General Education Curriculum

All Temple students taking Analyticla Reading and Writing have two class sessions with a librarian. Learn more about the integration of information literacy outcomes throughout the General Education curriculum, including Analytical Reading and Writing, here.


Individuals may receive instruction by

Visiting the Reference Desk: Each of the Temple Libraries reference desks is staffed with reference librarians who will help anyone who asks. We will teach members of the Temple community how to search for and access information. The goal is to help library users become as independent as possible.

Contacting your librarian to schedule an appointment for an in-depth consultation. Each academic department or program has a librarian who is the liaison to that program. You may consider the librarian for your major or department to be your librarian.

Using Research Guides: The library Web site has an extensive array of online Research Guides that can help with library research in a number of subject areas.