The Temple University Beasley School of 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:

Location Contents
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
  • Microfiche

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.


Daniel Henderson

Access Services Librarian

Klein Hall, 316 | (215) 204-1195 |

Noa Kaumeheiwa

Reference Librarian

Klein Hall, 302D | (215) 204-5865 |


Day Time
Monday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hours vary during term breaks and holidays.

For more information, please telephone 215 204-7891.

Use of the Law Library is subject to the Library Access Policy.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available in Temple Law Library or Temple’s Paley Library may be obtained through interlibrary loan. Students are asked to search and use other Temple libraries before making requests.

  • Who may use interlibrary loan?
    Currently enrolled law students, law faculty and staff may use interlibrary loan.
  • What materials can be obtained?
    Books, copies of journal articles, government documents and other materials can be borrowed. Requests for rare books, reserve or reference books, bound law reviews, looseleafs or multivolume sets may be refused. Microform material can be borrowed for copying.
  • Will it cost?
    There is no cost involved in requesting interlibrary loan articles.
  • How long does it take?
    It can take 1-6 weeks. The student will be informed by email when the item is received.
    Journal articles and book chapters generally arrive within 5-7 working days. You will receive a PDF of the article through your Temple email account. Books generally take about the same time but this depends on its availability from our consortial partners.
  • What is the loan period?
    The lending library determines the loan period, which can be a week to a month. The borrower is responsible to the lending library for overdue fines and must abide by its rules and policies.
  • How do I make an interlibrary loan request?
    Students must fill out an interlibrary loan form.

Contact the Interlibrary Loan Librarian at 215 204-6290 if there are any further questions.

Federal Depository Library Program

Contact the Library

Phone: 215 204 7891