Blackrock Library, situated in Main Street, Blackrock reopened to the public on Monday 16th June 2014 at 10.00am.
Bloomsday was an appropriate day for this significant event as James Joyce lived around the corner in Leoville in Carysfort Avenue from 1892-93. It was here that Joyce, aged nine or ten, first began to write and it is believed that he wrote his first published work – a poem called Et Tu Healy - in this address. In Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, he makes reference to Blackrock Park and the local parish church St. John the Baptist. What better way to celebrate the cultural life of an area than by opening the doors and welcoming the community back to this beautifully refurbished library in the heart of the town.
Architects McCullough Mulvin were appointed by Dún Laoghaire ETB to design an expanded new library as part of a third level educational complex on the site of the Town Hall, Carnegie Library and VEC College in Blackrock. Construction commenced in 2010 and the original Carnegie Library, housed within, which celebrated its centenary in 2005, is fully updated, modernized and extended. T he internal spaces of the protected structures have been sympathetically refurbished and appropriately matched with new uses. The mezzanine area is a new feature for the library, with light shafts from the courtyard atrium bathing the space within via porthole windows.
Speaking about the reopening, An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Marie Baker said: “ I am delighted that the people of Blackrock and the wider dlr Library community can avail of this bright, spacious library with its enhanced public internet and self-service facilities and most importantly the extended selection of books, CDs and DVDs. The new Reading Room is a particularly attractive feature which will undoubtedly be a much sought after space not only for Blackrock Library’s regular book clubs and storytelling sessions but also for students and readers alike.”
We look forward to welcoming everybody back to this much loved local library and a formal launch of Blackrock Library will take place later in the summer.