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Apr 20, 2016 07:37 AM EDT

Temple University $170 Million Library to Feature Robotic Arm

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Temple University is building a new library that will be the icon of the university. The constructed at the intersection of Polett Walks and Liacouras, the new space will be equipped with facilities for better learning.

According to the Temple, with estimated cost of $170 million, the building features many academic enhancements including robotic arm to fetch books; student area that opens for 24 hours; and a new center for research.  

The new four-story space is designed by Stantec firm which partners up with architect company, Snohetta. The budget however, was less than the expected $190 million cost. The library is hoped to be the place for better learning. As a part of any school, library can be an inspirational space that functions to develop students' intellectual.

Campus previous library, the Paley Library, will soon be replaced after it is lacking of seating and taking too much cost for repair. Currently, Paley Library archives journals and books in extensive range of subjects and dedicated spaces for study. It also serves as administrative office. The university needs a better environment for teachers and students. Hence, they are looking forward to a more tech-savvy library.

In 2014, Temple was also building Science Education and Research Center worth $137 million. The space is considered appropriate in the main campus especially for those researching and teaching in Science and Technology subject. There are 52 labs and open spaces for collabs.

Understanding the lack of facility sources, the university also plans to have clinical classrooms form therapy programs. The CPH Dean, Laura Siminoff, said that the space is a first-class education clinic.

University architect, Margaret Carney, commented on the 210,000 square-foot library-to-be as an iconic. According to her, the library is a vital element in the campus as many resources are found there. This expense ditched out the assumption that Temple has been funding athletics department and neglecting its academics function.

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