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This guide explains the visit policy for high school students and their instructors

General Guidelines for All Visits To Temple Libraries

  1. Instructors or group leaders may be interested in bringing their students to visit the Paley Library, the main library of the Temple University Libraries. Instructors may wish to expose their students to a research university library. In cases where there is no specific assignment, we offer limited opportunities for student visits. Here’s what we can offer:
  2. Who: The primary audience for a general visit is students in grades 9-12 (high school level). We are unable to accommodate group visits for college students. For questions related to visits by college students please see the tab on this guide: “What About College Students”.[LINK]
  3. When: Meeting the needs of our Temple students and faculty during the academic year is our first priority. Therefore visits to the Paley Library are generally available only between May 15 and June 15. Between September and April visits may be possible, subject to availability.
  4. What: Each group tour lasts approximately 60 minutes. Students receive a tour of the main areas of the Paley Library. This is followed by a demonstration of the Libraries’ digital research environment. There will be time for questions and discussion.
  5. Group size: The ideal size for a tour group is 12-15 students. We may be able to accommodate multiple groups this size from a single school depending on staff availability.
  6. Computer Access: Owing to Temple University computer security policies we cannot provide student groups with access to computers, printers , scanners or the Internet. We cannot provide access to any of our licensed electronic resources. If individual students are interested in using a computer at the Paley Library, he or she may return to apply for a guest computer user card. Students must come to the Paley Library Circulation Desk with a parent or guardian who will co-sign their computer user application. Please know, that per our general library access policy, anyone under the age of 18, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while on library premises. Therefore, a student under 18 who obtains computering privileges must still be accompanied by a parent or guardian when using a computer.
  7. Book lending: The Temple University Libraries offer students (Pennsylvania only) in grades 9-12 the privilege of borrowing books. Students must come to the Paley Library Circulation Desk with a parent or guardian who will co-sign their guest borrowing application and be financially responsible for all materials borrowed. All applications to become a book borrower go through a screening process that can take up to two weeks, so we are not able to provide a borrower's card at the time of application.  More information may be found here:  Please be advised that we cannot provide entire tour groups with guest borrowing privileges during a single visit.  Please know, that per our general library access policy, anyone under the age of 18, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while on library premises. 

Welcome - Thank you for your interest in our Library

Temple University Libraries is able to accommodate certain types of requests for visits from public and private school groups. Depending on the specific goal of the visit, the time of the year, the size of the group and other variables we may or may not be able to accommodate your request for a tour of the Libraries. Please read the information below and then, if you would like to inquire about a visit, please complete the form for requesting a school group visit.

Our Policy for High School Student Visits

Per our entrance policy the Library is open to public or private school students, and other non-school related student groups. The resources of the Temple University Libraries best meets the needs of students in grades 9 and higher.

All visits must be arranged through the Office of the Dean of University Libraries (215-204-8231) or designee.

Requests for visits must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of the visit date.

Student groups may be accommodated only when the Libraries' resources are absolutely unique to a particular assignment, and when library staff would be available to meet with them. Student groups must be accompanied by their instructor or an adult chaperone throughout the visit. 

Visits to the Special Collections Research Center

This unit hosts visits from K-12 student groups, typically in support of a specific assignment that requires the use of special collection materials that are unique to the student project. Instructors should be able to identify how the visit to the special collections will support students’ work on the assignment.

General visits, those not specific to an assignment, may be requested, but they may not be accommodated. Visits to these units may be scheduled for any time of the year. If you would like to arrange a visit to the SCRC (including the Urban Archives)  please complete the form and indicate which collection your group wishes to visit.