By Kim O’Leary
The Minister of State with responsibility for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien T.D, joined the Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Ed O’Brien, in North Clondalkin last Wednesday, June 9 to open South Dublin County Council’s newest library.
The new library in North Clondalkin was identified as a priority in South Dublin County Libraries’ Development Plan.
An expanding youth population and a strong demand for services from local schools and community groups underpin the need for innovative services to be implemented for young people in this locality.
South Dublin County Council invested €5.2 million towards the overall cost of the library with the Department of Rural and Community Development contributing €1 million from its Library Capital Programme.
North Clondalkin Library includes a lecture hall, an exhibition space, a digital training suite as well as a smaller meeting room. Further facilities include easy to use self-service units, extensive seating, a large study area, an internet café, as well as printing and photocopying facilities, adult tablets and free wi-fi available throughout the building.
It also includes an innovative Creative Studio which is a free to use digital maker space facilitating the creation of music recordings, podcasts, videos, digital stories, and oral histories.
Speaking at the launch, Cllr Ed O’Brien, Mayor of South Dublin County, said, “I am delighted to open the North Clondalkin Library and to see the facilities the library will offer the local community. I am impressed that the finished library is very modern but keeps a traditional library brickwork design.
“The new library offers extensive seating and study areas, an Internet café, as well as 3-D printing, adult and children’s tablets and free Wi-Fi throughout the building. North Clondalkin Library also offers a Changing Places facility, two accessible gardens for outdoor events and specialist sensory equipment for those with additional needs, making it a welcoming space for everyone.”
“The public library strategy, ‘Our Public Libraries 2022’ seeks to establish a modern, progressive library service that connects and supports communities, and provides a go-to-place for a range of integrated public services. This wonderful facility in Clondalkin certainly delivers on that.”