Goals for the New Library

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Sparking Scholarship and Research

TEMPLE’S NEW CHARLES LIBRARY will offer a series of forward-thinking, technologically sophisticated spaces—many that support scholarship and research and the like of which are entirely new to campus. Through embedded technologies like interactive screens and displays, 3-D printing, and novel ways to manipulate data, users will connect with the building and, more importantly, with one another.

  • Scholars’ Center
  • Immersive Visualization Studio
  • Interactive Display Wall

Doubling the Capacity for Study and Learning

THE NEW CHARLES LIBRARY will welcome students into a variety of spaces for quiet study and active learning. With seating for over 2,000 people—more than double the capacity of Paley Library—the new structure will feature five grand reading rooms, flexible classrooms and collaboration zones that, together, facilitate individual and group work.

  • 24/7 Study Area
  • Oculus Reading Area
  • Quiet Reading Room
  • Classroom
  • North Reading Area
  • Third Floor Reading Area

Advancing Student Success

IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF TEMPLE’S VISION to provide students with the tools they need to graduate in four years and forge successful careers and lives, the new library will unite multiple services in a single hub where students can access comprehensive guidance on projects, from initial concept and research to polished writing and presentation. Charles Library will also provide space for tutoring and academic coaching across subjects.

  • One Stop Desk
  • Center for Learning and Student Success
  • The Writing Center

Sharing the Collections

AT THE HEART OF CHARLES LIBRARY is a 3.5 million-item circulating collection as well as robust special and reference collections. Connecting our university community to these documents and artifacts—as well as developing ways to store and preserve them—is a critical part of the central library’s mission to present the intellectual and cultural record in all of its forms.

  • Special Collections Research Center
  • BookBot Automated Storage and Retrieval System
  • Open Stacks

Encouraging Conversation and Engagement

THE IDEA OF A LIBRARY AS SOCIAL SPACE—an incubator for conversation and ideas across diverse populations—dates back to ancient Greece. A first for Temple, Charles Library will host lectures, cultural events, exhibitions and other interactive programs in specialized spaces designed to promote discussion, engaging the entire Temple community and our neighbors.

  • Multipurpose Auditorium
  • Exhibit Space
  • Innovation and Creativity Zone
  • Graduate Scholars’ Studio

Taking Learning Outdoors

OUTDOOR PLAZAS. Small groves. Balcony seating on a beautiful terrace. Landscaped plazas that step up to library entrances. Charles Library will put exterior spaces to work as classrooms, informal gathering places and event stages. Situated at the western edge of a proposed central quad, the library will anchor Temple academics at the core of campus and front a field of green open space. LEED Gold-certified with a green roof, the library will reinforce Temple’s commitment to sustainability.

  • Terrace
  • Grand Entry Plaza
  • The Grove
  • Green Roof