The Reference and Instructional Services (RIS) Department offers many services and resources to support the mission of Temple University Libraries - "connecting people and ideas to enhance learning and research." RIS engages with departments, schools, and colleges to support learning and promote the exchange of ideas. The subject specialists provide in-depth research services tailored to the unique characteristics of the students, staff, faculty and researchers they serve. User's research needs are met through three principle forums: drop-in hours in the Think Tank consultation space, appointments with librarians in RIS offices, and virtually through Ask A Librarian (chat, email and knowledgebase content) services. In addition, instruction is provided through multiple venues, such as, individual consultations, classroom lessons, group workshops, and the publication of digital learning content. Contact a subject specialist for more information about how RIS can support information literacy, knowledge creation and ultimately, student success.
The Think Tank 1 is a "drop-in" consultation space for you to meet with a librarian and get assistance with your research. There is no need to make an appointment. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm.
In-person research appointments with subject librarians are often held in the Think Tank 2 in the Paley Library but may be in an RIS office. They allow you to have an in-depth consultation with an expert in the subject area of your research. You can schedule an appointment through the Ask A Librarian page.
Meeting online is a great alternative if you are unable to come to campus. Online research appointments are held over Google Hangouts or other messaging services. Contact your subject specialist or the first available librarian to make an appointment. For more information visit the How do I meet with a Librarian Online? page.