Reference and Instructional Services

How to get research and instructional support from a Temple University Librarian

About RIS

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.

About the Think Tank

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.

Think Tank 1


In-Person Research Appointments

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.

Research Appointment in-person

Ask A Librarian Online

The Ask A Librarian web page provides a virtual venue for you to get your information needs met.  Chat with a librarian or email, text or telephone your question.  You can also "help yourself" using our Frequently Asked Questions knowledgebase. 

Chat with a Librarian

Virtual 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