Welcome to Temple University Libraries

August 2018

Photo of Joe Lucia, Dean of University Libraries

On behalf of Temple University Libraries, welcome to the 2018–2019 academic year. If you have visited us on main campus lately, I’m sure you have noticed the progress on our new Charles Library (if you haven’t, view our livestream). Even as we anticipate its grand opening next year, we are busy with myriad other activities, from developing new projects to growing our collections to providing valuable services.
In August, we released an enhanced version of the Library Search, which allows you to more easily discover the resources you need, including books, e-books, journals, videos/DVDs, government documents, journal articles, and our digital collections.
Library Search also allows you to browse materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. I encourage you to visit these two very special collections in person too, in order to encounter their rare and unique materials first-hand.
As always, our expert subject librarians are available for questions and consultations in a variety of ways—from the Ask a Librarian chat window on the library’s homepage, to text messaging, to in-person and online appointments.  
The Libraries continue to be your center for collaboration, innovation, and gathering. Receive expert guidance on using the latest technology in the Digital Scholarship Center and the Innovation Space, sign up for free library workshops, and book group study rooms ahead of time.
And don’t forget to check out the free cultural and academic programs we offer during the academic year as part of the Beyond the Page public programming series. The theme for this year is Access & Opportunity, and we invite you to join us in conversations about what barriers—whether cultural, financial, physical, or otherwise—limit opportunities and how we can move toward a more accessible world.
For current updates, programs, and resources, consider following the Libraries on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And visit us, either in person or online, for inspiration, for encouragement, and for connection. I wish you the best this academic year.
With warm regards,
Joe Lucia


Dean of University Libraries