Circulation and Reference are not the only library offices that help to make the library run successfully. Every library has an office for processing everything that the library has to offer, from books, periodicals, databases, and so much more. That office is Technical Services, not to be confused with Technology Services which hasn’t been around nearly as long as the library’s Technical Services. Though it may not have been called Technical Services at the time, the functions of that department started as far back as the 1600s. Philadelphia has one of the first libraries, The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, and with that first book order, Technical Services was born.
When Gabriele Library opened in 1993 Technical Services occupied quite a large space on the main floor. Around 2001 to make room for the ever-expanding Technology on campus, part of the office was divided by a wall which then became a separate office which has housed several different offices over the years. Today it is the home of the Writing Center and since it is centrally located, students can easily find the office whenever they need assistance. Over the summer Technical Services relocated to the terrace level of the library to make room for the Career and Development Office, which is now directly next to the Writing Center where Technical Services used to be on the main floor of the library.
Ironically Technical Services is one of the best kept secrets of a library. Today if you ask anyone if they know what Technical Services does in a library, 9 out of 10 will not know what the office does and if you ask any student on campus where we are located, again 9 out of 10 will be at a loss. So if you are interested and need to find any of the office and services that the library provides as well as the other offices that are based within the library, we have a map for just that purpose, you can find the revised map here as a printable PDF file or take a look below for the newest version.