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Departmental Software Purchasing

There are a variety of ways provided by Purchasing to buy computer software for university use. Purchasing can also advise on the best method to acquire a product and available alternatives.


  • All software requests must be reviewed for Information Security and Accessibility and so they must first go through the Purchasing Pre-Approval form to gain these approvals before a purchase is made.  In addition, if a software package totals more than $10,000.00 it is subject to bid. 
    • The Purchasing Pre-Approval form can be found in TUportal by going to the Staff Tools tab > Employee Forms > Search for "Purchasing Pre-Approval." 
    • Purchasing Policies and Procedures can be found in TUportal by going to the Budget and Finance tab and scrolling to the Purchasing Services section at the bottom of the page. 
  • Most software products are available for purchase through TUmarketplace.
  • Software that cannot be located on TUmarketplace and is not part of the Software Site Licensing Program can be purchased using a Temple Purchasing Card if the total cost is under $5,000.00 and does not require a signature.
  • Software that requires a signature on a license agreement or quote should be processed as a Contract Approval Form in TUmarketplace.  Only University Counsel is authorized to sign documents for order placement (license agreements, quotes, etc.).
  • Quotes can be obtained by emailing or calling 215-204-6700 (1-6700). 


Must be a Temple University faculty or staff member.