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Drumcondra Library

One of four public libraries opened in between 1935 and 1937 by Dublin Corporation in the suburbs of Phibsborough, Drumcondra, Inchicore and Ringsend. These simple buildings have Art Deco styling around the doors and simple modern window treatments. The intention was to produce a building simple in form and pleasing in design, which would be easy to maintain. The main feature of these new branch libraries was the large lending department shelved to hold 10,000 to 12,000 books. These libraries would form the nucleus of a chain of suburban libraries, which would encircle the extended city.

The library underwent significant refurbishment in 2010, providing ramped access, a universally accessible public toilet, new shelving and furniture and a new public counter.
Library Details
Local Authority Name Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive
Library Drumcondra Library
Library Name Drumcondra
Date Opened 19 February 1937
Contact Details
Address Millmount Avenue
County Dublin 9
Telephone +353 1 8377206
Locality & Services
Type of Service Branch library
Type of Building Purpose-built library
Description of Locality Suburban residential area
Urban Population 8637
Stand Alone Facility Yes
Size & Costs
Number of Floors 1
Size (m2) 224
Funding Sources Local Authority
Features & Facilities
Accessibility Accessible entrance
Accessible ramp
Accessible routes through the library
Accessible toilets
Parking, including accessible parking, adjacent
Internet Access 2 terminals
Wi-Fi Yes
Printing No
Photocopying No

Architect & Design Team
Architect Name Robert S. Lawrie (1937)
County/City Librarian Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive; Dublin City Librarian (1936)
Additional Information
  The architect, Robert Sorley Lawrie, was a Scottish architect in the department of the Dublin City Architect Horace O‚ÄôRourke, during the 1930s. He designed the Inchicore public library on Emmet Road in 1937. According to the street directories he was still living in Dublin in 1945 but had left by 1947. He returned to Scotland to take up the appointment of County Architect for Fife.

For further information please contact Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive Library Authority


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