It's great to see this reopening five years after its closure.
Dublin City Council announced today that the establishment was back open for business after a €3.9 million modernisation and refurbishment.
Kevin Street Library officially reopens today after a closure of almost five years, while it underwent a sensitive restoration and redesign project by Dublin City Council Architects at a cost of €3.9 million.
Used by generations of Dubliners, young and old, the newly refurbished library is a vital part of the community in this area of the city and its reopening has been warmly welcomed by local residents.
The library was officially reopened by Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Nial Ring.
Commenting on the official reopening, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Nial Ring, said:
"It is great to see Kevin Street Library opened again and welcoming so many members, new and old, through its doors. The response from the public since the reopening shows what an important part of the local community this library is. Dubliners have been using this library since it first opened in 1904 and with this beautiful restoration and modernisation we can be sure that future generations will have the benefit of this facility for many years to come.”
It's got a new floor containing nine state of the art PC's, a study space and a mezzanine with special collections.
The library will be open six days a week, with late night opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Commenting at the launch, by Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring T.D. said;
“Kevin Street Library will act as a hub of educational, cultural, information and civic engagement within the south east area of the City and further afield. It is a fine example of what can be achieved by central and local government working together in partnership for the benefit of our communities. €3.9 million was invested in this library renovation, with my Department contributing €1 million towards the project under its Library Capital Investment Programme. It highlights my Government’s continued investment in the public library service, not alone in Dublin City, but throughout the country."