Stock photo of students wearing masks walking through campus

July 22, 2020

Temple University Libraries

Temple is well into summer session II and before we know it, the fall semester will be here. As we prepare to reopen most of our library buildings on August 3, we’re sharing new information about what you can expect when visiting us in person. Read below to learn what we're doing to keep you and our staff safe, and visit our website for details specific to each library location.

In the meantime, we continue to offer online support and encourage you to contact us with any questions or requests for research assistance.

Building reopening plans

Temple's four public health pillars icons
Safety guidelines
All visitors (including students, faculty, staff, and the general public) to the Libraries are expected to abide by the
Four Public Health Pillars defined by the university, including wearing a face covering inside our buildings.
Access and traffic flow
Most of our library locations will have modified access points and/or traffic flow patterns. Before you visit, please see our website for the latest information.
Study space and seating
Throughout our library buildings, seating has been reduced and rearranged to comply with physical distancing guidelines. Study rooms will be open and reservable, but are limited to 1–4 seats per room.
Borrowing and returning books
Book borrowing and returning will resume as soon as we open. Where available, please use our book return drop-bins to return materials, which will be quarantined for a period of three days after being returned. We encourage continued use of our online resources when possible.
Available technology
Each of our library locations will have computing and printing options available. Some locations will also offer scanning and charging devices. We ask patrons to follow public health best practices, including washing hands before and after use.
Last call: creative writing contest
Short fiction graphic with a train on a broken track
This Friday (July 24) is the last day to submit to the Libraries’ creative writing contest. We’re looking for short stories and poems that speak to the theme of Interruption, and there are cash prizes!
Behind the scenes: In the Duckworth Scholars Studio
Jordan Hample working in the VR studio at the Duckworth Scholars Studio, photo by Joe Labolito
The Libraries’ Behind the Scenes audio series continues with this interview with Jordan Hample. Jordan is the academic information technology and support technician in the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio (LCDSS) in Charles Library.
Over the span of two interviews, recorded in January and June, Librarians Kristina De Voe and Fred Rowland chat with Jordan about his work in the LCDSS, the role of gaming and play in education, how he’s transitioned to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.
Wrapping up summertime workshop series
We still have a few summer workshops left!
Writing a Data Management Plan
Thursday, July 23, Noon
Data Management Plans (DMPs) are a simple, easy tool to lay out the methods and procedures for collecting, storing and preserving your research data. Learn the basics of DMPs, tools to create them, and how Temple University Libraries can support your research.
Publishing During a Pandemic: Avoiding Predatory Publishers
Wednesday, July 29, Noon
Journal websites may include false information about impact factors, editorial board members, and other affiliations. This session will provide an overview of the problem, and will teach you how to identify and avoid predatory biomedical journals and predatory conferences.
Thanks to everyone who joined us this summer for a workshop session. If you attended one, please provide your feedback as we prepare to offer fall workshops. And stay tuned for upcoming information about fall programs and workshops!

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