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Library Facilities

The current Library facilities, which were constructed in 1978, are outdated and wholly inadequate. A library well designed and properly stocked and equipped is the lifeblood of a university-level institution and it is imperative that the College addresses this deficit as quickly as possible. A need has been clearly established for new library space on the Campus to cater to both current demands, which are not being met, and make provision for future needs.

The existing library area has changed little since it was built in the 1970's, when the College had a population of 750 students. The increasing student numbers (currently over 3,000) and a largely unchanged physical environment have put the facilities in the library under severe pressure. The current library facilities have not responded to the demands of either the growth in student numbers or to the requirements of the extended curriculum that is now available. The library does not meet basic student needs with only 210 seats available and inadequate storage for books and journals.

The proposed library solution consists of renovation and safety works to the existing library and a new build extension of approximately 4, 000sqm. The scheme is projected to satisfy the long term needs of the College in relation to library provision. The overall cost of the preferred solution is in the amount of €13.681million and is capable of delivery over a three year period within the new DES guidance structures and within the parameters of EU Procurement Directives.

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