Ballyroan Library 2013

April 25, 2013

Ballyroan Libray was officially opened on Thursday, April 25th!

If you haven't been to see it yet, this video will give you a short virtual tour of the
exciting new library space in South Dublin.

 

Ballyroan Launch

 

Re-opened in February after being completely re-imagined and re-built, Ballyroan Library in Rathfarnham is a state-of-the-art public library space like no other. Mr Alan Shatter TD officially launched the Library via Twitter...you can see the tweet going live here!

We also had best wishes sent from author Colum McCann all the way from New York, adding an air of Oscars to the occasion! You can see Colum's live link here.

 

 

Since it’s reopening in February, Ballyroan Library has welcomed 50,000 library users and issued 80,000 items.

 At the heart of this library is a vision of a service which is both personal and collective, a civic hub around which communities can learn, read, enjoy cultural offerings and find a welcoming space in a real 21st century library building. 

 

Ballyroan Library embraces communal activity on a variety of scales and has an urban and civic feel. Organised around a two-storey central atrium, the library has a phalanx of broad smooth concrete columns screening the main reading room from view. This ‘street’ holds the welcome desk, self service facilities for borrowing and returning books and a large s-shaped sofa for browsing and reading newspapers.

Just off the street is a seminar room which can open up to the atrium to host large scale events. Quality events reflecting the diverse interests of the community have already been programmed for the coming months including lectures, workshops, exhibitions and children’s events.

 

A digital training suite situated beside the seminar room provides the perfect space for organised computer tutorials, supporting digital literacy for all ages.

 

The specially designed art gallery and exhibition space with movable timber walls provides a wonderful platform for a wide variety of exhibitions. Coinciding with Eco Week 2013 Ballyroan Library is delighted to present an exhibition of textiles entitled “Nature” by Members of the Crafts Council of Ireland. This exhibition reflects both the natural environment – its colour, texture, pattern and form – and the talents of the textile artists living and working in Ireland today. “Nature” will be on display until June 10th.

 

For individuals and small study groups there are semi-private timber clad pods lining the edge of the library, each illuminated by daylight from above. Egg shaped pods built into the walls in the children’s library offer reading spaces for little people to enjoy the beautiful picture books on offer nearby.

 

Upstairs the ‘Long Room’ provides a quiet space for research and study and the entire building is dotted with computer terminals offering information resources and high speed internet. The entire building is also Wi-Fi enabled.

 

Ballyroan Library is truly a public library experience unlike any other. A beautiful modern 1,400sq ft. building with state of the art facilities, this library provides a welcoming space for all members of the community and their diverse interests. Since its re-opening on Monday 18th February, this community has embraced their new library with record visitor numbers.