Call for Carnegie Library to be brought into public use

by Rebecca Ryan
Carnegie Library Dun Laoghaire

Carnegie Library in Dun Laoghaire should be fully restored and brought back into public use, according to a local Senator.

The library on Georges Street Lower was opened in 1912 and closed when staff moved to the dlr lexIcon in 2014.

It is a designated protected structure, and while interim measures were taken to repair the roof in 2010, with further remedial works in 2011, a complete overhaul is necessary to prevent further water ingress into the building.

Works also need to be done on the thermal performance, joints and bricks, the windows and the heating and electrical wiring.

Senator Victor Boyhan said he has written to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) expressing his concern about the fabric of the building.

He said: “Over two years ago, the council told me that the Carnegie building required a complete overhaul to prevent further water ingress into the building. Two years on, no sub
stantial work has taken place on the building.

“I am appealing to the council to engage with the community to find an appropriate use for the building so that it can be fully restored and brought back into public use.”

In response, a council spokesperson said: “Following discussions and feedback from the Area councillors at the workshops and at the Area Committee meetings, external Architects have been appointed to oversee and design the essential works needed to be carried out before the building can be considered for re use.

“The Architects are currently working on this at present. “Any works to the building are subject to funding being available to proceed, in line with the terms and conditions of the Councils approved Capital Programme.

“An update and further discussion on the former Carnegie Library is scheduled to take place at the September area committee meeting for Dun Laoghaire.”

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