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Buncrana Library is located in a converted Presbyterian church. The architect Peter Cullinane designed the building as 'mother and child'. This design allows the extension to coexist in harmony with the existing church. The building has a partial first floor mezzanine. Natural light from windows is supplemented with low energy fluorescent lighting. The building is naturally ventilated. A traditional 'Drontheim' fishing boat hangs suspended from the ceiling. Kinderboxes are arranged to resemble An GrianĂ¡n Aileach, a 1st century ring fort, which is near the town.

Library Details
Local Authority Name Donegal County Council
Library Buncrana
Library Name Buncrana Community Library
Date Opened 11 February 2000
Contact Details
Address St Mary's Road
County Donegal
Telephone 074 9361941
Fax 074 9361980
Locality & Services
Type of Service Branch library
Type of Building Conversion and extension
Type of Building Converted Church
Description of Locality Town centre
Urban Population 3411
Stand Alone Facility Yes
Size & Costs
Number of Floors 1
Size (m2) 370
Cost of Library €925,830
Funding Sources Local Authority, DEHLG
Features & Facilities
Special Features Architectural features
Art work
Accessibility Accessible entrance
Accessible parking
Accessible toilets
Assistive technology
Sustainability / Future Proofing Daylighting & electrical lighting
Special Facilities Adult reading groups
Audio visual library
Baby changing facilities
Business information collection
Children's learning space
Community information collection
Computer learning facilities
Exhibition area
Historic maps viewer
Literacy material
Local studies collection
Microfilm reader and printer
Parking Free parking adjacent
Internet Access 9 terminals
Wi-Fi No
Printing No
Photocopying No
  1. Irish Library News, No.199, 2000
  2. Irish Library News, No.214, 2001 
  3. 'Buncrana Library scoops major award, best library of its size in Britain or Ireland.' Local Authority News, 20 (6), 2002 pp16-17. 
  4. Census 2006 Table 12 Alphabetical list of Towns with their population, 2002 and 2006 (Population within legally defined boundary)
Architect & Design Team
Architect Name Peter Cullinane, Gallagher & Cullinane (2000)
County/City Librarian Donegal County Council; Donegal County Librarian (2000)
Additional Information
  Winner of the Public Library Buildings Awards 2001 best small library in the converted, extended or refurbished category.

For further information please contact Donegal County Council Library Authority


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