Last month, I posted some pictures of the construction of the new Charles Library at Temple University and the closing of Samuel Paley Library. Staff moved into the new library the second to last week of August with the building opening the first day of the semester a week later.
Although the building is officially open, some construction work is still being done here and there. But the majority of the building is accessible so I brought in my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with the 24-105mm f/4 lens to take some initial photos.
The building is quite impressive both inside and out. I took some photos outside, mainly on the east side since it was morning.
I took quite a number of photos inside. It’s hard to resist; the building is so photogenic. For two weeks, I’ve watched students stopping and taking photos all over the building but especially in and of the stunning atrium. In my photos, I tried to capture both the expanse of the space and some of the details.
One of the most notable features of the atrium is the oculus the upper levels of which are still under construction.
Of course, there’s more to the building than the atrium including a green roof, a quiet reading room, and a browsing book collection among other things.
I’m looking forward to taking many more pictures of this fabulous building as it continues to evolve. I’m sure the changing seasons will provide opportunities for different light and settings. And I know I will want to take pictures with different cameras as well.