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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:
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
U.S. Code, CFR, Tax and Labor alcoves, Lexis and Westlaw printers, Group study room, Microforms, UN Doc Index
Regional reports and digests State materials -- Alabama-Maine
State materials -- Maryland-Wyoming, Pennsylvania materials, including D&C Reporters
International and Commonwealthmaterials, 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.
Hours vary during term breaks and holidays.
For more information, please telephone 215 204-7891.
Temple Law Library is primarily for the use of Temple faculty, students, staff and alumni.
Please note that a Limited Access Policy (only Temple Law faculty, staff and students) will be in effect during Law School exam periods.
If you are calling from a university telephone, dial 1 plus the extension.
Call 215 204-7891 for reference questions, circulation, interlibrary loan requests.