Construction on Temple University’s new library began back in fall 2015 with the demolition of Barton Hall. Now, the existing Paley Library is undergoing some renovations of its own.
The Fox School of Business bought 1810 Liacouras Walk over the summer to create more space for the school. The decision displaces the offices that currently occupy the building including the advising for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science & Technology. The university decided that Paley Library would be the best place to move the advising offices.
The left side of the library was cleared of desks and computers in July and construction started in August. All of the study corrals were relocated throughout the library but there was not enough space for everything that was moved. “We did lose about 30 computers,” said Joe Lucia, Dean of Libraries.
Some students are concerned about the renovations and say they are turning to other places on campus to study. “It’s not like the students have gone down in population,” said Sharmila Choudhury, a graduate student. “The students have actually increased in population and suddenly half of the library is being taken up by construction space.”
While some are not happy about the construction, Academic Advisor Jennifer Carroll is optimistic. “While the move might be slightly inconvenient for the short-term I think that in the long-term students will see a greater benefit for them,” said Carroll.
Lucia said that the advisors will likely be moving into their new offices in early November.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the construction can visit the library’s FAQ page about the project.