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
Type of library
Small community library
Cork County Council, Seamus Barry, Executive Architect
Features and services
Specialist subject collections
Services and facilities suppliers
Number of public computer terminals: 6