Reference and Instructional Services at Temple University Libraries

RIS engages with departments, schools, and colleges to support learning through collection development, instructional services, consultations, and collaboration.

About Reference and Instructional Services

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 through collection development, instructional services, consultations, and collaboration.

The Subject Librarians 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 at the Paley Library Information Desk, consultations with librarians in the Think Tank, and virtually through Ask A Librarian services.  

In addition to consultations and collection development, library instruction is provided through multiple venues, such as classroom lessons, group workshops, and the publication of digital learning content (Library Guides). Contact a subject specialist for more information about how RIS can support faculty research, knowledge creation, information literacy, and ultimately, student success.

In-Person Research Consultations

In-person research appointments with subject librarians are often held in the Think Tank 2 in the Paley Library, but may also 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.

Research Appointment in-person

About the Think Tank

The Think Tank is a research consultation space for you to meet with a librarian and get assistance with your information needs. You can make an appointment with your subject librarian or the first available librarian.   

Think Tank 1


Ask A Librarian Online

The Ask A Librarian web page provides a virtual venue for you to meet your information needs online.

Chat with a Librarian

Paley Library Information Desk

The "Ask Here" desk on the first floor of the Paley Library provides a place for students to drop-by and get information and instruction without making an appointment.

Ask Here Desk

Virtual Research Consultations

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.

Research appointment online