Designed by architectural firm Snøhetta and scheduled to open in May 2019, the Charles Library will feature state-of-the-art technology that supports advanced research as well as a space-saving automated book retrieval system capable of storing most of the library's volumes, creating more space for collaboration activities. The gift also will establish an endowment in perpetuity that supports maintenance of and enhancements to the library; the recruitment and retention of library faculty and staff; community outreach, partnerships, and public programs; the purchase and preservation of materials and collections; and technology purchases and upgrades.
Charles graduated from Temple with a degree in advertising and later co-founded immixGroup, Inc., which helps technology companies do business with the federal government. In 2011, he established the Stephen G. Charles Scholarship Fund in Temple's Klein College of Media and Communication and in 2015 joined the college's Board of Visitors and committed $2 million to establish the Steve Charles Chair in Media, Cities, and Solutions. He was named a trustee of the university in 2016.
"Opportunity and innovation occur at the intersection of disciplines," said Charles. "I live by this idea, and the vision for the library embodies it as the place where students can collaborate in the latest ways. I hope alumni and friends will join me in supporting this project in the months ahead."
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