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A Fond Farewell To Paley Library At Temple University

June 26, 2019

Philadelphia’s Temple University said farewell to Paley Library last month after 53 years. The library, designed by Nolan and Swinburne in 1966, will soon be transformed into the university’s School of Public Health. Meanwhile, Paley’s collection will be relocated to Charles Library on Polett Walk with plans to open Fall 2019. Over five decades, Paley stood the tests of time adapting to the needs, uses, and advances in technology of the university’s students and staff. There is no better way to provide a tribute to this brutalist design than to remember it in pictures.

View the photographs from Temple University’s Urban Archives.

“A Fond Farewell To Paley Library At Temple University,” Hidden City Philadelphia, May 10, 2019.

Temple University's Samuel L. Paley Library (Nolen & Swinburne,1966) photographed in Philadelphia, PA in 1966. Photograph courtesy of Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center and Hiddencityphila.org.
Temple University's Samuel L. Paley Library (Nolen & Swinburne,1966) main entrance interior as seen in 1966. Photograph courtesy of Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center and Hiddencityphila.org.