About the New Library

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Charles Library

Even as news and information are delivered to devices we hold in our hands, some things will never come from a screen. Engagement with a community of which we are an essential part. That special energy that comes from face-to-face interaction with people and ideas. And the singular importance of the tactile, an object held in many hands, which connects students and scholars with the past, collapsing time. Place matters, and Temple University’s design for the new Charles Library shows that the spaces we inhabit can influence and elevate the work we do in them.

Designed by world-renowned architectural firm Snøhetta, Charles Library will be a catalyst for learning, a structure that comes along but once in a lifetime. Developed to inspire the creation of knowledge, to engage and connect, the library will introduce users to evolving technologies and the purposes they serve. It makes a bold statement to potential students and faculty about Temple’s commitment to education and scholarship. And it will realize our broader vision of creating community and making learning exciting and accessible.

About the Libraries

Temple University Libraries serve as trusted keepers of the intellectual and cultural record—collecting, describing, providing access to, and preserving a broad universe of materials, including physical and digital collections, rare and unique books, manuscripts, archives, ephemera, and the products of scholarly enterprise at Temple. We are committed to providing research and learning services, to ensuring open access to our facilities and information resources, and to fostering innovation and experimentation. The Libraries serve Temple’s students, researchers, teachers, and neighbors on Main, Center City, and Health Sciences Center campuses in Philadelphia and on our Ambler and Harrisburg campuses.

About Snøhetta

Since 1989, Snøhetta has established itself as a world-famous practice of urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, and branding design. Based in Oslo, Norway and New York City, the firm has a variety of international projects and clients. Snøhetta is a leader in the design and construction of innovative new models for the 21st century cultural memory institution. Their work in the field includes museums, cultural institutions, libraries, and galleries as diverse as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University; the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the pavilion at the National September 11 Memorial Museum; the New National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest; the new central library and plaza in Calgary, Alberta Canada; the Far Rockaway Library in Queens, New York City; and the Museum Ordrupgaard in Denmark.