Paley Library Alternatives for Summer

In just a few weeks, the Paley library will close its doors closes for good. The 54-year-old library will shut down at 8pm on May 8th in preparation for the summer-long transfer of about 2 million books to the new Charles library.


Once the last students leave and the doors are latched, crews will start transferring the stacks into the automated storage and retrieval system (also known as BookBots) in the Charles library.

One of four storage retrieval system robots (BookBots)
Photo: Jake Zebley

Sophomore Erica Pope says that she’s not going to miss Paley too much once it’s closed: “I’ve come here to do work here for two years now…but I don’t know if I’ll miss it too much.”


Even though Paley and its stacks aren’t accessible this summer, Temple University Libraries has plenty of alternatives for students needing materials for summer courses.


Books and other materials can be borrowed from other Temple Libraries through the inter-library loaning system. EZ-Borrow is a similar program; tapping into nearby collegiate collections for materials to borrow. Students and faculty can also read on-demand with TU Libraries’ online e-book catalog.


TU Libraries even partnered with the University of Pennsylvania for the summer semester to provide even more titles! Any Temple student or faculty with an OwlCard can walk-in and have full circulation access to Penn’s Van Pelt library from May 15th until the end of the summer semester.


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