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About the Library Collection

Temple University Law Library has a long history as a research library and as a service-oriented facility to the Law School. It survived a fire in 1972 at which time students, staff and other members of the Temple community passed books out of the burning building until it became too dangerous and they were ordered to stop. They managed to save a large number of rare and valuable volumes, but more than 150,000 books were destroyed. The library has since that time restored and enriched its collection.

The collection is particularly strong in 18th and 19th century Anglo-American monographs. The addition of the Rawle Collection gives Temple Law Library a special character. The library also has a unique collection of African materials.

Part of the collection is in CLOSED STACKS behind the Reference Desk and must be accessed through Reference Desk personnel. In the closed stacks are reference materials, the reserve collection, copies of past exams, most of the monographs, rare books, unbound periodicals. The collection is, for the most part, classified in the Library of Congress Classification and monographs must be requested by call number.

The OPEN STACKS contain:



3rd Floor

Reference Desk 

Pennsylvania statutes and code 
National Reporter System, Shepard's, 
Federal Practice Digest,
Annotated U.S. Codes, 
Legal encyclopedias, ALR 

Copy machines, network printers,
Computer Lab 


Periodicals A-M
Periodical indexes

4th Floor

U.S. Code, CFR, 
Tax and Labor alcoves, 
Lexis printers, 
Group study room, 
Microforms, UN Doc Index


Periodicals N-Z

5th Floor

Regional reports and digests
State materials -- Alabama-Maine


State materials -- Maryland-Wyoming, 
Pennsylvania materials, including  
D&C Reporters 


International and Commonwealth
materials, Customs Court
Decennial Digests



 There is one group study room on 4th Floor west. It can be reserved at the sign-up book at the Reference Desk.

 No food or drink is allowed in the Library.

 All open stack materials must be reshelved by user.



Desk Hours

Day Time
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m

Hours vary during term breaks and holidays.

For more information, please telephone 215 204-7891.

Access Policy

Temple Law Library is primarily for the use of Temple faculty, students, staff and alumni. 

Temple Persons
Only persons with valid I.D. in the following categories are permitted to enter the building for use of the law library.
Temple law students and law library part-time student employees.
Temple University faculty, administrators and staff.
Temple Law School alumni.
Temple University students with letter of permission from their professor.
Non-Temple Persons
Only persons with valid I.D. in the following categories are permitted to enter the building for use of the law library.
Law faculty and law students from other law schools.
Attorneys with Bar I.D.
College students from colleges other than Temple with a letter of permission from their professor.
U.S. Depository Collection Users
Following a reference interview.

Please note that a Limited Access Policy (only Temple Law faculty, staff and students) will be in effect during Law School exam periods.

Library Staff Directory

If you are calling from a university telephone, dial 1 plus the extension.


John Necci, Director
Room 402
(215) 204-4538
Paul Carino, Acquisitions Librarian and Manager of Automated Records System
Room 302A
(215) 204-8996

Computer Services

Shyam Nair, Assistant Dean
Room 816
(215) 204-1273
Daniel Henderson, Lab Supervisor
Room 316
(215) 204-1195
(215) 204-5863
Nam Tang, Network and Media Services
Room 104
(215) 204-4981
Ed Myers, Network and Media Services
Room 104
(215) 204-5308



Call 215 204-7891 for reference questions, circulation, interlibrary loan requests.

Larry Reilly, Senior Reference Librarian
Room 317
(215) 204-8867
Steve Pavlo, Reference Librarian
Room 300
(215) 204-2291
Eugene Hsue, Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian
Room 302C
(215) 204-4297
Noa Kaumeheiwa, Reference Librarian
Room 300
(215) 204-5865
Burt Benenson, Bibliographic Assistant
Circulation Desk
(215) 204-6290
Daniel Pasquarello, Bibliographic Assistant
Circulation Desk/L2A
(215) 204-0468



Iris Sanders, Accounts Specialist
Room 302B
(215) 204-4535
Jeff Gechman, Bibliographic Assistant
Room 302D
(215) 204-0567



Janice McDonnell, Head of Cataloging
Room 304
(215) 204-8997
Ethel Fiderer, Assistant Law Cataloger
Room 305
(215) 204-4536