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Alumni Privileges

Access

Alumni may access any Temple library facility (Paley, the Science & Engineering Library (SEL), or Ambler) during any open hours of operation. Please have either an Alumni Borrowers Card or photo ID to show to the door guard.

Borrowing Books and DVDs

Alumni can obtain a free alumni borrowing card that enables them to borrow ten books/dvds for a four-week period (dvd's only circulate for one week). To obtain an alumni borrowing card, please go to the Paley  Library circulation desk in the Tuttleman Learning Center. The alumni borrowing card may also be obtained at the Ambler campus library. You can also request an alumni borrowing card online using this convenient form.  For additional information call Paley Circulation at: 215-204-0744.

Library Resources

Owing to license restrictions, alumni may only use the Temple University Library databases such as LexisNexis, EBSCO, and Historical New York Times on campus. To get logged onto a computer in any library, show a staff member at the reference or circulation desk for that library your Alumni Card. To see our list of databases that Temple Libraries subscribes to see All Databases A-Z

The Libraries' online catalog, Diamond, unlike the library databases, is accessible from remote locations. Please use Diamond to determine if the Temple University Libraries own a book, journal, or other material of interest.

Using a computer

With an Alumni Borrowers Card, alumni can logon to one of the guest computers in the Tuttleman Learning Center. Alumni may also use workstations in the reference area of Paley Library, when available, and the Ambler Library and the Science and Engineering Library. Temple alumni may apply for a Temple University network access account that allows them to log on to computers at multiple campus locations. Temple University Libraries does not provide these accounts.  For more information about obtaining these accounts visit the Obtain an AccessNet Account page.

Inter Library Loan

Owing to heavy demand for interlibrary loan services from current students and faculty, we are unable to extend access to ILLiad and E-ZBorrow to our alumni. We recommend that those in need of interlibrary loan services seek them out at any local community library. All public libraries have the capacity to receive materials from other libraries via interlibrary loan.

Consulting with Temple University Librarians

We encourage our alumni to take advantage of our reference librians' expertise. Use our Ask A Librarian service for assistance. See List of Subject Specialists. to contact a reference librarian.

Accessing the Temple University Archives

The Conwell-Templana collection (University Archives) is a collecting area in the Special Collections Research Center that documents the history of the University, and its holdings may be of interest to alumni. University and professional school yearbooks are available in our digital collections and more and more Temple University photographs are being digitized as well.  The collection also holds  catalogs, student magazines and newspapers, university publications, and some administrative records.  The published books and sermons, manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia of founder Dr. Russell Conwell are included in the collection. For more information on accessing these collections call 215-204-8257 or send an e-mail

Another collecting area in Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)  is the Urban Archives which was established in 1967 to document the social, economic, and physical development of the Philadelphia area from the mid-19th century to the present. The Archives is the repository for organizational records and related materials and a research facility for those interested in urban studies. The Archives’ collections are particularly strong in topics involving social service organizations, unions, housing development, community organizations, and contain many records from organizations involved with African Americans, education, and crime. For more information or to access these collections: call 215-204-8257 or send an e-mail

Keeping in touch with Temple University Libraries

Alumni who want to read about recent developments at the Temple University Libraries may request a subscription to Speaking Volumes, the occasional news publication of the Libraries. Those who wish to receive Speaking Volumes may subscribe by sending a request to Marianne Moll at 215-204-8231. 

Additional Information

For more information about the Libraries, see our General Information Page. Here is a list of our frequently called phone numbers.

Law and Health Sciences Libraries

Please contact each of these libraries individually to obtain additional information about their services for university alumni:

  • Law School - 215 - 204-7891
  • Health Sciences - 215-707-BOOK (707-2665)

Temple University Alumni Information

The website of the Temple University Alumni Office contains extensive information for university alumni and how to obtain an alumni card