Goodbye, Paley... Hello, Charles!

FAQ: Everything you need to know about our move from Paley Library to Charles Library this summer

Charles Library Exterior

Last updated: January 18, 2019

At the close of the spring semester we will commence the move of the Main Campus library from the current Paley building to the new Charles Library facility. We expect move operations to begin on May 9, 2019. During this time, Paley Library will be closed and access to services and collections will be limited.

When will Charles Library open?

Charles Library is tentatively scheduled to open in August.

Did you say Paley Library is closing?

Yes, we will be closing Paley Library on May 9, 2019. The Tuttleman side of the library will remain open.

What about the collections?

Access to the Main Campus circulating collections will be closed from mid-May until the opening of Charles Library. We recognize that this poses significant inconvenience for summer session enrollees and for faculty and graduate students pursuing research projects over the summer months.

Where can I get books during this time?

Whenever possible, we encourage you to get library books you anticipate needing over the summer during the spring semester. We will also offer the following to reduce the impact on the Temple academic community of closing Main Campus collections:

  • Inter-library loans: we will continue to provide inter-library lending access (with 2-3 day delivery times) through E-ZBorrow and other systems to any items in the Temple collection;
  • The University of Pennsylvania: during the move period, Temple University students and faculty will have walk-in borrowing privileges for all circulating materials at the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library by presenting a Temple ID;
  • Library reserves for physical books in summer courses: we encourage faculty teaching summer session courses to identify books and other materials that may be relevant to their subjects and to place them on reserve at the Tuttleman circulation desk, which will remain operational and accessible through the month of July; and
  • E-book alternatives: we encourage the use of e-book alternatives where those exist in our collections, in full recognition that for many academic uses physical books continue to be preferred by many of our users.

Why will access to the collections be closed during the move?

This is an unusually complex move, largely because of the need to load approximately 1.5 million volumes into the Charles Library Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) while also relocating roughly 175,000 items to a traditional browsing stacks collection on the top floor of the new facility. During this time, it will be difficult to locate specific titles.

Where can I study over the summer?

The closure will impact summer session students requiring access to study space. We plan to create temporary study carrel and table seating areas in Tuttleman during the summer months. Students are also advised to use the TECH Center for printing, copying, and study needs.

The Ginsburg Health Sciences Library and the Ambler Campus Library will remain open for normal operations through the summer months and those facilities may also be used for study by all members of the Temple community.

How will access to the Special Collections Research Center be impacted?

For the duration of the move to Charles Library, the Special Collections Research Center’s collections will be largely inaccessible to all users. We will respond to requests for information about and from the collections as time and access permits but may defer in-depth response until resuming regular operations at the start of the fall semester. Please see the Special Collections Research Center’s website for more detailed information.

Are digital collections impacted by the move?

Access to digital collections (e-journals, e-books, streaming media, digitized Special Collections items) will be unimpeded by the close of physical collection access, so users who make online resources their primary path to library content will not be directly affected by the move process.

How will guest computing access be impacted?

Guest computer use in Tuttleman will be uninterrupted by the move.

What are the plans for Paley Library?

Once all collections have been moved to Charles Library, the current Paley Library will be repurposed for the College of Public Health and will continue to house the Academic Advising and Professional Development Center for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology.

Will the Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development be open?

The Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development, which serves students in the College of Science and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts, will remain open throughout the move. Students will be able to access the center through the Bell Tower entrance to Paley Library.

What if I need research help?

For the duration of the move to Charles Library, Temple University Libraries will offer all of its regular research support services to all members of the TU community. While the Ask Here Desk in Paley Library will close to the public, the services can be accessed via our virtual online chat service, email and text request, on-demand personal service at the Tuttleman Access Services Desk and by appointment. During this period we strongly recommend making an appointment to meet with a subject specialist librarian for a research consultation.

Looking forward

Though many in our community will experience some degree of inconvenience during the library move process, we are optimistic that the positive impact of the new Charles Library on our academic environment will be worth the temporary disruptions involved in the move. Thank you for your time and understanding at this unique moment.

For more information

Move and Paley closure:

Richie Holland, Director of Library Administration, 215-204-3455,

Collections, borrowing, and guest computers:

Justin Hill, Department Head, Access and Media Services, 215-204-0750,

Research or reference help:

Special Collections Research Center:

Margery Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center, 215-204-5201,

Check back regularly for updates, as our move plan continues to evolve.