Temple’s new, state-of-the-art Charles Library is an incubator for collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Designed by Snøhetta, the library is home to maker spaces, a robotic retrieval system, lectures and exhibitions. With fully remote and in-person access to online databases and collections, students can check out books, articles, and more with their Temple Owl Card credentials. For research assistance and guidance on projects, Tyler students can book an appointment with Jill E. Luedke, Art and Architecture Librarian.
Students can take advantage of the fourth floor's browsing collection, containing approximately 180,000 volumes on open shelving.
Special collections of interest to art and architecture students include:
- The Blockson Collection, one of the nation's leading research facilities for the study of the history and culture of people of African descent.
- Helen Williams Drutt English (BFA ‘52) collection of art books.
- The Loretta C. Duckworth Scholar's Studio, a collaborative space for digital arts and other disciplines to work and research.
Temple's Ambler campus library supports research in landscape architecture, horticulture, and community development, among other studies.
For more information on the Charles Library's architect, please check out the book Library as Stoa: Public Space and Academic Mission in Snøhetta’s Charles Library, written by Tyler Associate Dean and Director of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kate Wingert-Playdon.
Temple University's new Charles Library, designed by Snøhetta. © Michael Grimm
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