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The Athy Library Project: Kildare Library & Arts Service. Evelyn Cooley, Laura Larkin

The Athy Library Project: Kildare Library & Arts Service. Evelyn Cooley, Laura Larkin

This presentation will introduce the Athy Library project which saw the architecturally significant Dominican church in Athy town centre being renovated to create this transformative library which has brought new life to an iconic community space.

 

This project highlights the continued investment in the public library service, not alone in Kildare but throughout the country. This community facility received €1.65m from the Department of Rural and Community Development – Library Capital Investment Programme 2016-2021 with a further €2.1m provided by Kildare County Council.

The presentation will cover a number of aspects:

  • Functionality, flexibility and accessibility of the building which have been achieved by the collaborative approach with the planning input and design.
  • The position of Athy Library in the centre of Athy from a social, cultural and economic perspective
  • How this new library has redefined and developed its role in the community
  • The digital services and IT spaces and their role in the library
  • The library as a space for all

Evaluation of the new Athy Library one year one from opening – what do the statistics show but more importantly what does the community think.

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