Images

Images

Blanchardstown Public Library 05

Plan of the ground floor

Blanchardstown Public Library 03

An interior staircase

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Mural in the chilren's area

Blanchardstown Public Library 01

General interior view

Description

Description

Built opposite one of the main entrances to Blanchardstown shopping centre, close to the civic complex and Arts Centre. The local area offices for the County Council are attached to the library.

The library is the largest public library in the country. It has been designed as a bright lofty two-storey space with a large mezzanine. The roof is stepped with a series of high-level north lights, giving a high level of natural light without the intrusion or heat build-up of direct sunlight.

The entire complex is fully accessible to the disabled. The facilities for the disabled are designed to be seamless and feel part of the building, not just an add-on.

Awards

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The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building

Size

2610 m2

Floors

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Architect

Fingal County Council, Architects Department

Building contractor

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The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Exhibition/display areas, Meeting rooms

External features

Shared site

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency

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Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Emergency features, Furniture height, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

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Furniture suppliers

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Services and facilities suppliers

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IT provision

Number of public computer terminals: 120

Seats/study places

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Stock

124,000