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Law Library Services for Online Learning and Teaching

Law Library resources and services supporting moving classes online.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the library be open?

  • The Law Library is open to Temple Law students, faculty, and staff. Check the library web page for current hours.

What are the library’s hours for the Spring 2021 semester?

  • During the Spring 2021 semester, library desk hours are
    • Monday – Thursday, 8am - 7pm;
    • Friday, 8am - 5pm; and
    • Sunday, 12noon - 6pm.
    • The library desk is closed on Saturdays.
  • Consult the website for the most current desk hours.
  • Virtual research help via Chat is available
    • Monday – Thursday, 10am - 1pm and 4 - 6pm; and
    • Friday, 10am - 1pm and 4 - 5pm.
  • For help outside these hours, send a message to tulawlib@temple.edu to set up an appointment to speak with a librarian.
  • Regular library desk hours are Monday – Thursday, 8am - 8pm; Friday, 8am - 5pm; and Saturday - Sunday, noon - 6pm.
  • For the most current service hours, consult the library web page.

What if I'm unable to visit the library during open hours? How can I check out books?

  • Current Temple Law students, faculty, and staff can request Law Library items for no-contact pick-up using this form.
  • You will receive an email from a staff member at the Law Library when the item is ready for pick-up. Please allow at least two hours for your request to be processed during normal library hours. Requests received outside library hours will be processed the next working day.
  • Law School students and staff will be able to pick up their items from a cart near the Security Desk on the second floor of Klein Hall. Items not picked up in seven days will be returned to the collection.
  • Materials requested by Law School faculty will be delivered to mailboxes on the fifth floor of Klein Hall.

When can I return my books?

  • Books can be returned when the building is open. Return materials to the library desk when open or the book return bin in the third floor reading room when the desk is closed. Contact a librarian at tulawlib@temple.edu if issues arise.

Are masks required in the library? 

  • Yes, face coverings are required to be worn at all times while visiting the Law Library. Please continue to follow all health and safety protocols set forth by the University while in the Law Library. Find information in this video.

Can I eat in the library?

  • No, for the safety of those studying and working in the library, eating is not allowed in the Law Library until further notice. 
  • Please use seating areas on Klein Hall's ground floor while eating.

Can I book a study room?

  • No, study rooms will not be available during the Spring 2021 semester. 
  • Create a Zoom study room:
  1. Open the Zoom app and click on the Schedule icon. Or, sign in to the Zoom web portal and click on the Start a New Meeting button.
  2. Set the topic, date, time, duration and other options. You can require a password, enable a waiting room, or set a recurring meeting. 
  3. Once you've completed all the options, click the Save or Schedule button.
  4. In the Zoom app, click on the more menu (...) and select Copy Invitation. Or, if you're using the Zoom web portal, scroll down to the Invite Link and click on Copy Invitation to the right.
  5. Paste the invitation info into an email to share with your study group.
  6. When the meeting time arrives, go into the app or web portal and click on the Start or Start Meeting button.

Can I check out course reserves?

  • Most Spring 2021 casebooks are not available for 3-hour loan. Use the Library Search catalog to see the availability of course books and make a request using this form. For reliable access to your readings, purchase required texts.
  • Remember to check your course page on Canvas for any digital materials your professor has supplied. 

Can I check out study aids?

Do you loan power cords, book stands, and other items? 

  • Yes, phone and laptop chargers, book stands, and other convenience items are available for 3-hour loan.
  • The charging locker in the third floor reading room is also available to recharge phones, laptops, and other devices.

Is the library doing anything to try to clean the books?

  • Yes, to protect staff and borrowers, physical materials can be treated with UV light to reduce surface pathogens. Request this service at the library desk.
  • Nothing eliminates all danger. Please continue to practice good hand hygiene before and after using library materials and follow the health and safety protocols set by the University. Find information in this video.

When are the books I have due?