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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 Fall 2020 semester?

  • During the suspension of in-person instruction for the Fall 2020 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 Zoom 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 until Saturday when the desk is closed?

  • Saturday book pick-up is available by prior arrangement.
    • Send an email request to tulawlib@temple.edu by 3pm on Friday afternoon.
    • The book(s) will be gathered, signed out to you, and labelled with your name.
    • On Saturday, pick up the book(s) from the circulation desk.
    • To turn in materials, use the red book return bin in the library reading room on the third floor.
    • 3-hour reserve materials will be due Sunday at 1pm.
  • Saturday book pick-up is limited to Temple Law students requesting Temple Law Library materials.

When can I return my books?

  • Books can be returned when the building is open. Use the red book return bin in the library reading room on the third floor.

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?

  • Other than in the main reading room on the third floor, you may eat in the library. After eating, clear the study area of packaging, wash your hands, and replace your face covering.
  • Due to greater traffic on the third floor, eating is not permitted there.

Can I book a study room?

  • No, study rooms will not be available during the Fall 2020 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?

  • The Law Library is unable to loan casebooks on a short term basis safely. Use the Library Search catalog to see the availability of course books. 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 checkout. If necessary, ask desk staff for a cleaning wipe before use.
  • 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, physical materials will be quarantined for a period of seven days after being returned to protect staff and borrowers. Select items may be treated with UV light to reduce surface pathogens.
  • Nothing eliminates all danger. Please continue to practice good hand hygiene before and after using library materials and follow the health and saftey protocols set by the University. Find information in this video.

When are my books from Spring 2020 due?

  • All library materials checked out in Spring 2020 have a due date of September 1st. Please contact tulawlib@temple.edu if you have any questions.