Macroom Library 05

One of the specially commissioned lights

Macroom Library 04

Informal seating in the children's area

Macroom Library 03

The interior, focusing on the shelving

Macroom Library 02

A general view of the interior, showing the counter

Macroom Library 01

The exterior showing the signs for the library and the theatre



A former cinema building originally constructed in the 1950s. The upper floor is still used as a theatre & cinema.

The spire and copper work are in harmony with the nearby church architecture. The large window at the front of the building and the glass doors at the side provide views into the library. The glass between the foyer of the Briery Gap Theatre and the library was designed to allow theatregoers easy views of the library interior.

The hand-crafted wall lights were designed for the library by Maura Whelan and illustrate themes in the library service and collections. The specially commissioned clock was designed and made by Chris Samuels.

Access for wheelchairs and buggies is through a side entrance. The contours of the site meant that steps into the building had to be retained. Public areas are all on one level and the public toilet is wheelchair accessible.


Runner-up (small converted) Public Library Building Awards 2001

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Small community library


250 m2




Cork County Council, Seamus Barry, Executive Architect

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Specialist subject collections

External features


Internal features


Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision


Interior designer


Furniture suppliers


Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Number of public computer terminals: 6

Seats/study places