The building project will add over 6,000sq.m of new space to help the university serves its ever expanding student population. NUI Maynooth's enrolment numbers have been growing over the past decade, with 2010's intake of 2,000 students the highest to date.
€14m will be spent on constructing the buildings with the remaining money going towards furniture, equipment and fit out costs.
Once completed, the new library will be 250% larger than the existing library totaling 10,000sqm. Constructed in 1984 to cater for the University’s, then, 2,000 students, when complete, the new library extension will cater for NUI Maynooth’s growing student body and staff - a total of over 9,000 users - and offer an increase of 215% in seating capacity. Capacity for library books will also increase by more than 130%, and the number of PCs available will rise to 250, an increase of 280%.
The state-of-the-art facility will fully integrate the latest IT innovations to enhance the functions of the library. The new library will offer students up to eight different ways to study ranging from social and collaborative to silent and individual and will have significantly extended opening hours.
The new facility will also include a Library Plaza, which will offer a venue for cultural events, performances and exhibitions, and also a landscaped atrium with casual seating. Located on the South Campus, the new library will act as the ‘cultural and intellectual spine’ between the University’s two campuses.
Walls Construction has been awarded the construction contract which is expected to be completed by September 2012.