Dean's Welcome

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Dean's Welcome

Dean Joseph Lucia

Dear Friends,

It is my great pleasure to provide an in-depth look inside Temple University’s Charles Library, a stunning and original structure designed by Snøhetta, a world-renowned architectural firm, in collaboration with Stantec, a local leader in design and construction. The potential of this building—to support and engender innovation, making, and scholarship at Temple—is as exciting as the architecture that guides it. Charles Library also serves as a center for community engagement, public programs, and a variety of activities that welcome in our neighbors, colleagues, and friends.

Through this building, we have an opportunity to transform conversations on libraries as they move from passive storehouses to active sites for discovery, knowledge creation, and creative engagement with ideas and culture. This library sets a new standard for how the 21st century research library looks, feels, operates, and serves its constituencies.

Please look through our image galleries, and see for yourself how design meets function at Temple’s Charles Library. If you’d like to join me in a commitment to the boundless future of the Libraries by making a transformative gift, please call 215-204-9305 or email With warm regards,

Joe Lucia

Dean of University Libraries