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MIC Receives Notice of Planning Approval for New Library and Learning Resource Centre

24 April 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Hynes
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MIC Receives Notice of Planning Approval for New Library and Learning Resource Centre


Limerick City & County Council recently issued a notification of a decision to grant Planning Permission to Mary Immaculate College (MIC) for their Library & Learning Resource Centre, designed to accommodate the College’s increasing student numbers, which are set to reach 5,000 by 2020.  Costed at close to €21 million, the 5,000m2 building will be situated in the heart of the campus replacing the existing outdated library.

According to Professor Eugene Wall, Acting President, MIC, the facility will deliver a long overdue replacement for the current Library, with the student population having increased five-fold since the existing Library opened its doors in 1976 to 750 students. The intervening years have also brought huge changes in the ways in which students learn, and the in the range of media available to support that learning.  These factors, coupled with very significant advances in building standards and regulations, means the current library is no longer fit-for-purpose.

Welcoming the City & Council’s decision, and describing it as truly transformative in terms of the impact that the new facility will have on the quality of the learning environment for future generations of students, Professor Wall confirmed that the College will now redouble its efforts to secure confirmation of Higher Education Authority funding, enabling the project to proceed. 

The new building will deliver a future-proofed Library / Learning Resource Centre, centrally located within the MIC campus, and addressing the recently constructed Tara building as well as the protected Foundation Building and Residence Block. The positioning of the building, relative to Tara and the existing Quadrangle, will allow the demolition of the old Library building to enable the formation of a new Quadrangle and outdoor civic space. The provision of appropriate landscaping and the gentle terracing of the approach to the new Library will enliven this space, while the south-facing orientation of the building and shelter in the form of the overhanging upper floors of the Library building will make this an attractive outdoor space for meeting, learning and relaxing all year round.

Internally the building will feature a range of learning settings from silent study areas to lively group work rooms. It will have over 550 study places, and will accommodate over 170,000 volumes. The Library / Learning Resource Centre will also contain a 288 seat lecture theatre, media editing suites, a media studio, seminar rooms, staff offices and all the ancillary spaces necessary for a higher education library.  

As a result of the recent incorporation of St. Patrick’s College Thurles MIC is now a multi-campus institution offering 9 undergraduate degree programmes in Education and the Liberal Arts as well as a wide range of Continuing Professional Development offerings for teachers and numerous postgraduate opportunities to Masters and PhD level.
 


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