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The library is located on the refurbished ground floor of the Old Schoolhouse, an attractive stone cut building dating from 1832.

The NIAH describes the building as ' five-bay two-storey over basement Tudor Revival former school, dated 1832, with projecting porches and cut stone dressings. Renovated, c. 1899, with ashlar bell tower and corner finials added'.
Library Details
Local Authority Name Carlow County Council
Library Borris
Library Name Borris
Date Opened 28 June 2010
Contact Details
Address Main Street
County Carlow
Telephone 059-9771605
Locality & Services
Type of Service Branch library
Type of Building Conversion
Type of Building Converted School
Leased Building Yes
Description of Locality Village centre
Urban Population 582
Stand Alone Facility No
Locality & Services
Partnerships CRISP (Carlow Rural Information Services Project)
Location on Site Ground floor
Size & Costs
Number of Floors 2
Size (m2) 85
Cost of Library €282,999
Funding Sources Local Authority, DEHLG
Features & Facilities
Special Features Cut stone facade
Accessibility Accessible entrance
Accessible ramp
Accessible toilets
Assistive technology
Automatic main doors
Special Facilities WiFI
Parking Free parking adjacent
Internet Access 4 terminals
Wi-Fi Yes
Printing No
Photocopying No
Architect & Design Team
Architect Name Thomas A. Cobden (1832)
Keith Graham Architects (2008)
County/City Librarian Carlow County Council; Carlow County Librarian (2010)
Additional Information
  The architect has cleverly designed the library in keeping with the building’s former use as a primary school. Features such as wooden wall shelving, bespoke furniture designed by a local crafts person and the sensitive restoration of the original casement windows contribute to a warm, calm interior for staff and library users of all ages. Natural materials were preferred throughout. Borris Library features an oak floor, birch plywood and lime plaster. Services include Adult Lending and Reference, Junior Lending and Reference, Services for Young Adults, Full Audio Visual Collection including Music and a programme of special events for children and young people.
The library shares the  building with CRISP (Carlow Rural Information Services Project). and a Scouts' Den (1st floor)

For further information please contact Carlow County Council Library Authority


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