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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 Law School faculty, students, staff and alumni. 

Temple Persons
Only persons with valid identification 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 a letter of permission from their professor
Non-Temple Persons
Only persons with valid identification 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 identification
College students from colleges other than Temple with a letter of permission from their professor
U.S. Depository Collection Researchers
Following a reference interview
Restricted access during Exam Study Periods
Only persons in the following categories are permitted to enter the building for use of the law library:
Temple Law students, faculty, administrators and staff with identification
Law students from other law schools with permission from the Dean of Students
Attorneys with Bar identification, following a reference interview
U.S. Depository Collection researchers, following a reference interview

Library Staff Directory

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


Computer Services

Shyam Nair, Assistant Dean
Room 816
(215) 204-1273
John Beene, Media Services
Room 104
(215) 204-6914
Sirron Carrector, Information Resources Coordinator
Room 304
(215) 204-3099
Mike Cox, Web Developer
Room 305
(215) 204-9146
Daniel Henderson, Lab Supervisor
Room 316
(215) 204-1195
(215) 204-5863
Ed Myers, Network and Media Services
Room 305
(215) 204-5308
Nam Tang, Network and Media Services
Room 104
(215) 204-4981



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

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



Iris Sanders, Accounts Specialist
Room 513
(215) 204-4535