Kevin Street Library has been serving the people of Dublin since 1904.
In 2018, after extensive restoration, it re-opened it’s doors and with the facilities to provide a modern library service within an historic building.
KEVIN STREET LIBRARY
Then . . .
Kevin Street Library was built in 1904, the then Dublin Corporation’s first purpose-built library.
It was designed by Dublin City Architect, C.J. McCarthy who had designed the Technical College next door.
John Whelan, our first librarian, was central to the foundation of Cumann na Leabharlann, an association
important to the foundation of Public Libraries across Ireland.
Victor Kernan, a library assistant here, sent a letter to the library in 1923 from Portlaoise prison, after getting involved in the civil war.
By 2013 the original fabric of the building had decayed leaving large parts of the building unusable.
Now . . .
Following a painstaking and sensitive restoration the library is a bright, warm and welcoming space.
Despite the refurbishment going to the very fabric of the building conservation was a priority and all the original woodwork was removed, restored and treated by craftsmen and returned to its original position. Antique wooden doors were retrofitted with modern fireproofing.
Accessibility issues were addressed with the addition of a lift, ramp to the door and appropriate bathrooms installed.
Walls were insulated and energy efficient heating, lighting, closed loop audio, hi-speed wifi, fire and security systems all discreetly incorporated into them, maintaining the traditional character of the building.
The Library hold a number of talks and events throughout the year.
WITH A DUBLIN CITY LIBRARY CARD, AN INTERNET CONNECTION AND A SMARTPHONE, TABLET OR COMPUTER YOU CAN . . .
Choose from thousands of e-books, magazines to read from the comfort of your own home.
Click the button below and look for Borrowbox and Libby in the list of resources
Listen to music music that you like, put together a playlist or maybe you’d prefer an audiobook. Either way, choose from a huge selection
Click the button below and look for Freegal and Borrowbox in the list of resources.
Whether you goal is personal development, starting or developing a new hobby, to write your first CV or developing professional skills skills, you will find a course to suit you.
Click on the button below and look for Universal Class or The Great Courses+
CONTACT THE LIBRARY
PHONE US ON: 01-222-8488
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