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Faculty Services

Law Library services for Law Faculty

Circulation Privileges

Temple Law Faculty may check out non-reserve library materials from any Temple University Library for the academic year with a due date occurring in May determined by the university library. The library staff can renew Law Library materials as needed. 

Faculty may arrange to have items checked out and delivered to their offices by contacting the Research Help desk by phone at (215) 204-7891, or by emailing facserv@temple.edu.  If the item has to be requested from another location we will provide an estimate on when it can be expected.

Your Temple Law Legal Assistants have proxy borrowing privileges for their assigned faculty members.  They are able to retrieve and check out library materials on your behalf. 

If you would like your student Research Assistant to check out materials from the law library on your behalf please email the student's name to facserv@temple.edu and we will add them to your library record as an authorized proxy.

Document Delivery

If you need a copy of a document - article, case, statute, docket entry, web page, book, or any other information - please contact the Research Help desk either by phone, (215) 204-7891, or by using the facserv@temple.edu email.   Please provide as much information as possible to aid the librarian in locating your document.    

Course Reserves

All books listed as required texts on the Law School's Course Offerings page for the current semester, except statutory supplements, will be made available for three hour checkout from the Law Library's Course Reserve Collection. 

If you would like additional items added to the Law Library's Course Reserve Collection for your class, please contact Dan Henderson by email at danh@temple.edu or by phone at (215) 204-1195.

If you need assistance locating copies of materials you would like your students to have access to, either electronically or physically, please contact us using the facserv@temple.edu and we will assist you in attempting to locate the resource.

Purchase Suggestions

If you would like to suggest a resource (book, database, journal, etc.) for the library to add to our collection, please contact Charlie Perkins by email at charles.perkins@temple.edu or by phone at (215) 205-2815.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and E-ZBorrow

If Temple University Libraries do not have the book or article you need; the library staff can request it via E-ZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan (ILL), just email the library's Faculty Services account (facserv@temple.edu).

Please include in your request the title and author of the work you are requesting, also include any additional relevant information such as, is a specific edition of the work is needed, or if you only require one or two chapters. 


If you are interested in exploring resources available at libraries outside the Temple system 

  • WorldCat
    If a book is not available in the Temple Universities catalog, you can try searching for it in WorldCat.  WorldCat is a network that allows users to simultaneously search thousands of library catalogs worldwide to see if the book is available at another institution.  If you can't find your book on WorldCat, double-check your spelling and try a few variations.  Once you do find it in WorldCat, you can use the information in the record to make an E-ZBorrow or ILL request.  It's also worth checking to see if WorldCat lists an electronic version of the material; these records sometimes include links to publicly-accessible electronic versions.

If you would like to make the request yourself.

  • E-ZBorrow
    E-ZBorrow is an expedited interlibrary loan service using the collections of regional libraries.  E-ZBorrow is the better option for book retrieval because it’s simpler, faster, has long checkout periods, and incurs less cost for Temple.  Use the E-ZBorrow link, enter your id number, and search for the book of interest, then hit the request button when you find it.

  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
    You can use ILL to request articles as well as books, and ILL draws from an international group of libraries, so it has a much broader collection than E-ZBorrow.  Users first need to register for Illiad (the ILL client) here.  When filling out the form, you can use a book’s WorldCat entry to find the material's ISBN and/or OCLC number.

The request has been made, what happens now?

  • If you requested a book, Temple University Libraries will send you an email when the book arrives.  You can pick it up at Charles Library from the shelves behind the one-stop desk.  If you requested an article via ILL, it will be emailed to you.