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New Library

Phase 2 of the Glucksman Library began construction in April 2016

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 1,000 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 16
  • Structure to ground level completed by 4th Aug 16
  • Structure completed by 1st Dec 16
  • Building made weather tight by 22nd Mar 17
  • Building completed by 7th Nov 17

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.

Project Progress

The best place to view the construction site is on floor 2, in the stairwell at the end of the floor. The progress of the library construction can be followed on the Library’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts