Mayor of South Dublin County Council (SDCC), Mark Ward, performed the honours in the company of Chief Executive Daniel McLoughlin and County Librarian Bernadette Fennell.
The proposed works will include the construction of a state of the art two-storey 1,299 square metre library building. The site of the new library will be at the junction of Liscarne, Oatfield and Harelawn. Placed in the heart of the North Clondalkin community, the completed library will be a source of community development, and a significant resource for learning and exploration.
Work is due to commence in September and will take approximately fifteen months to complete. During construction, a hoarding to protect the site will be in place, along with on-site security. and a temporary wheelchair accessible footpath will give access to local residents.
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
- An I.T. training room
- Conference room which opens out into the library for community and public events
- Small meeting room for book-clubs and community groups
- Protected gardens for Library use
Caption: Mayor Mark Ward with Townlink’s Chairman Joe McCarron and Bernadette Fennell, Chief Librarian of South Dublin County Council