Public Libraries Database
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What is is a database of information about public library buildings in Ireland. The project is funded by the Department of the Environment, community and Local Government and managed by Libraries Development, LGMA.

Who will find useful?
The database is designed to assist library authorities in developing new libraries in newly designed buildings and buildings which were once used for another purpose. Features such as photographs, architectural features, sustainability, size of library, type of building development etc. should interest architects, librarians, and those interested in architecture. Issues such as accessibility, special facilities, parking etc. may be of interest to the general public.

How can I get additional information about a library building?
To obtain additional information you can contact the relevant local authority. Contact details for each library are included with each entry and a list of library authorities and their contact details is available here

What are the criteria for inclusion of a library in the database?
We have included libraries about which we have received the most queries. Initially the database will focus on libraries opened since 1998 and libraries in buildings of heritage and architectural merit and converted library buildings, which have received capital funding, for example libraries built with Carnegie funding (1905-1929) which remain as libraries today.

Why have you focused on recent libraries?
As the most recently completed library buildings these projects help illustrate the latest trends in library services and feature examples of best practice in areas such as accessibility and sustainability. These are the libraries about which we receive the most queries.

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