New Clondalkin library expects to open doors to public in June

by Padraig Conlon

The much anticipated new North Clondalkin Library will be handed over to the council by the end of this month.

South Dublin County Council (SDCC) says there will be a three-month fit-out of the building ahead of its official opening in June.

Work began on the new local library back in September, 2018 with Townlink Construction Ltd appointed as contractors.

The completed work includes the construction of a two-storey 1,299sq m library building located at the junction of Liscarne, Oatfield and Harelawn.

Situated right in the heart of the North Clondalkin community, it is hoped the completed library will be a source of community development, and a significant resource for learning and exploration.

The modern library building will include adult, young adult, and children’s sections, as well as community meeting rooms.

Books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines will be available for borrowing, and the library will provide free access to the internet, free Wi-Fi, and computer classes for all levels and age groups.

Support for setting up a business and online information on courses and employment opportunities will also be offered.

Among the facilities, the North Clondalkin library will feature a large library hall accommodating all age groups and library activities as well as an IT training room and a conference room which opens out into the library for community and public events.

A small meeting room for book-clubs and community groups will be included, alongside protected gardens for library use.

A spokesperson for SDCC said the new library will be a very important resource for the local community.

They said: “The new library will be a place to meet, learn, explore and discover. It will provide lifelong learning opportunities in areas such as reading, numeracy, creative writing, health matters, local history, and arts and crafts.

“Extensive programmes of events for children and families will include school class visits, parent and toddler groups, book festival events, summer reading events and much more.

“We expect handover of the new North Clondalkin Library in the next three weeks, and following fit-out of furniture and equipment, we anticipate opening the library in late June or early July.”

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