January 19, 2022

Summer Job: Temple University Libraries Will Move More Than One Million Books From the Paley Library to the New Charles Library

From Temple Now:

The move from Paley [Library] to Temple’s transformational Charles Library begins in earnest this month, after Paley closes its doors to the public May 9.


“We’ll have 20 temporary staff, 30 full-time staff, about a dozen people from a moving company, and about 30 students working full weeks from mid May to the end of July,” said Richie Holland, Temple Libraries’ director of administration. “A workforce of about 80 students currently working part-time on move-related tasks also will contribute to the effort.”

Temple University’s New Charles Library

…the university is moving far more books than it had in its collections a half-century ago. Roughly 1.5 million volumes will be loaded into the library’s automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), with a total capacity of nearly two million books. Already, 1,000 books are loaded into the ASRS—colloquially referred to as the BookBot—for test runs of the device to train library staff on how to operate it.

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See Also: On May 9th, Say Goodbye to Paley Library 

See Also: A Journey Through Photos: Charles Library Rises (via Temple U.)

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