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The Jedi Temple Library was a vast collection of Jedi wisdom situated near the main floor of the Jedi Archives of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.[1] The library contained innumerable amounts of reading material collected from all corners of the galaxy. Containing holobooks, datasticks, and a variety of other modern and ancient storage devices, the library sported information that was restricted to only members of the Jedi High Council. Located in the First Knowledge quarter the majority of the library was accessible to all members of the Jedi Order.[1] While the library was directly operated by the Librarian's Assembly, the Council of First Knowledge oversaw all operations of the databanks housed within.[7]

HistoryEdit

With the loss of the Great Library of Odan-Urr in 3,996 BBY, the information that had been salvaged was transported to the ever growing Temple on Coruscant. While the original incarnation of the library was small and cramped, it was eventually moved into more spacious chambers as the Temple expanded in 2,519 BBY.[1]

During one of the monthly organization days of 27 BBY, Chief Librarian Jocasta Nu's sorting was interrupted by Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi who was inquiring after a report he had requested regarding Granta Omega. Nu, irritated due to the interruption, agreed to do a fresh search if Kenobi would come back later in the day. After restoring the Library to its pristine form, Nu summoned Kenobi and connected the dots that he had missed; Omega planned to bring the bacta market to a standstill.[8]

At the conclusion of the Clone Wars in 19 BBY, Darth Sidious, in his guise as Supreme Chancellor commenced with Operation: Knightfall. Led by Darth Vader, the 501st Legion invaded the Temple, slaughtering all the Jedi and Temple employees there. As the Jedi rushed to destroy their records to prevent them from falling to the Sith, Vader managed to secure the library and much of its contents.[3]

With the Temple abandoned and the library in the hands of the Sith, the chamber would be scoured by Armand Isard over the next decade. Shortly after the rise of the Galactic Empire, Gregar Typho of the Royal Naboo Security Forces infiltrated the library in search of a lead on the death of Galactic Senator Padmé Amidala. While cautiously navigating the debris-strewn floor, Typho detected bounty hunter Aurra Sing slinking through the Stacks. Startled by the sound of movement, Sing attacked Typho; he was able to evade her, fleeing deeper into the library. Grabbing a datastick from a shelf, he shattered it on the floor, causing a small explosion. Distracted, Typho was able to render Sing unconscious using skills taught to him by Master Qui-Gon Jinn over a decade previous. Having the upper hand, Typho fled the Temple, having no more information than when he entered.[3]

The library lay largely untouched throughout the Galactic Civil War, vigilantly guarded by Imperial Senate Sentinels and shadow troopers in constant wait for returning Jedi.[9] As the Empire was crippled and the Alliance to Restore the Republic captured the capital, the New Jedi Order secured the Temple and began searching the destroyed halls for salvageable information. Jedi historian Tionne Solusar was able to restore parts of the Archives and library, adding information of recent history.[6]

Several years later, as Coruscant fell to the Yuuzhan Vong, the library was damaged beyond restoration. However, in preparation for disaster, Solusar had scanned the databanks, saving all the data to be kept safe in the space station called Shelter.[10]

As of 35 BBY, the Temple had been rebuilt by the Reconstruction Authority per the request of Galactic Alliance Chief of State Cal Omas. Using blueprints from Solusar had found in the Archives, the Temple was largely the same as it had been for centuries.[2] The Temple Library had been completely restored and operational by the time of the Dark Nest Crisis.[11]

LayoutEdit

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Layout of the Temple Library.

Consisting of eight halls, the Temple Library was circular with four primary halls, and four additional wings in between. Converging like the spokes of a wheel at a central rotunda, the halls were separated by study areas which consisted of several desks and computers. The outer hall of the library encircled the chamber, lined with a collection of datasticks and various other storage devices.[3]

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