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The New Charles Library Has Something for All of Philly

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After Temple University unveiled the gorgeous $175 million Charles Library last fall, the facility may have inspired a little jealousy in those past their college years. But, the state-of-the-art building has opened its doors to more than just current students. Any Pennsylvania resident can access the multitude of resources housed inside. Alumni, neighbors and bookworms alike can use the hub, which emphasizes community interaction through its design. Thanks to an innovative book storage system, the layout provides ample space for both quiet study and open conversation.

Stop by Charles Library—situated at the center of campus by 13th Street and West Norris Street—to use any number of its technological and educational resources. Here’s just a snapshot of what’s waiting for you in the atrium and beyond.

Free Events

Join a book club, watch student performances or learn new software skills at various scheduled workshops. Many events at Charles Library welcome members of the public, no tickets required. Start browsing the calendar online to see what catches your eye, including meet-and-greets with authors, poets and distinguished speakers.

Book Borrowing

It’s not a library without books. North Philly residents may find Temple’s collection especially useful, but any adult with a Pennsylvania ID can check out leisure books or academic tomes for four weeks at a time. Don’t worry about navigating dusty stacks. An innovative retrieval system called BookBot promptly delivers desired items from underground storage shelves to library staff for checkout. In the mood for a movie night? Temple alumni can also borrow from the extensive film collection.

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The BookBot hard at work retrieving materials inside Charles Library.

Free Wifi

Bring your laptop, phone or tablet to Charles Library for free, unlimited internet access during library hours. Whether you need a quiet spot to apply for jobs, brainstorm for a project or enjoy some downtime, this space is purposefully designed to get ideas flowing.

Computer Access

If you’re without a device, head to the community computer lab. After successfully completing an application (valid photo ID and an email address are required), users can access 10 desktop computers with Microsoft software. A cash-operated printer, scanner and microfilm reader round out the room. Student tech assistants can also help users with email, some computer programs and other library resources.

Coffee and Snacks

If you’re feeling a little peckish during your library visit, make your way to Stella’s Cafe. The eatery offers sweet treats, grab-and-go meals and perhaps most importantly, plenty of local La Colombe coffee.

Explore everything Charles Library has to offer by visiting the all-new building at Temple University, where technology and forward thinking empower innovation.