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New Library

The New Glucksman Library will open in early 2018. The new building and the refurbishment of the current library will provide state-of-the-art facilities and an extra 1,200 study spaces.

Reflective of how students and researchers use libraries today, the transformed library will provide technology-rich, creative and inspirational spaces to meet current and future needs. The aim is not just to add extra space but to create an outstanding facility which will provide for the needs of the University long into the future and distinguish UL as an innovative and pioneering institution.

New Building

Some 6,000 sq metres of space will be added to the library and existing library facilities will be upgraded. The extra space will accommodate an additional 1,200 seats for a variety of learning styles silent and collaborative. A revitalised and expanded Special Collections area will include exhibition, reading, presentation and digitisation spaces to support the use of the library’s unique resources both in research and in the curriculum. The dedicated innovative digital, media and data spaces will provide facilities for media creation, practice presentations and high- end computing. Large presentation screens at the entrance to the library will showcase UL research and the best of student work. Other new or redeveloped areas will include a graduate reading room, smart classrooms and group study rooms, a Health Science library and a Law library. Public access will be encouraged through an extensive programme of exhibitions and cultural events.

Project Timeframe

  • Construction commenced on 4th April 2016
  • Structure to ground level completed by 4th Aug 2016
  • Structure completed by 1st Dec 2016
  • Building made weather tight by 22nd Mar 2017
  • Building completed by 7th Nov 2017
  • Chair fair – students can test furniture for new library in September/October 2017
  • Renovated Information Desk and new Short Loans area completed by mid-October 2017
  • New Disability Services area completed by mid-October 2017
  • New Library entrance & refurbished  by mid-November 2017
  • New building completed by November 2017
  • New building fit out  - IT, furniture carpets etc. during December 2017 and January 2018
  • Opening in early 2018

Project Partners

The Glucksman Library has worked closely with the UL Buildings & Estates Department to plan every step of the construction.

The architects are RKD Architects, who have also worked on the Kemmy Business School and the most recent prize winning Analog Devices Building. The construction is being managed by BAM Ireland, who have provided a video that shows the construction phases right through to completion.The progress of the library construction can be followed on the Library’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts