Temple plans $190M library at 13&Norris

Temple University's new library, previously proposed as the school's portal to Philadelphia on busy North Broad St., is now planned for "the space currently occupied by Barton Hall along 13th Street between Norris Street and Polett Walk," as part of a new quadrangle of campus buildings, reports the Temple News here.

"The 200,000 to 300,000-square-foot building is estimated to be completed in 2018, with a budget of $190 million. The library is being designed by Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta along with Philadelphia-based Stantec," the News added, citing Joseph Lucia, the university's dean of libraries.

Under former President Ann Weaver Hart, the new library was to be wide open to Philadelphia residents, and the Barton site was to become green space. New President Neil Theobald, who also professes a deep committment to Temple's role as 'Philadelphia's university,' is developing a different master plan in which the library will be part of "a university quad around the center of campus," according to the News.  

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