South Dublin County Library, Tallaght

South Dublin County Council Architectural Services DepartmentIreland

Tallaght Library is a purpose-built central library for South Dublin County, serving an urban population of 80,000.

Located behind the Square Shopping Centre opposite the Civic Theatre, it originally opened in December 1994.

The newly extended and renovated County Library re-opened to the public on the April 23 2008. One of the largest public libraries in the country, the County Library will, along with the County Arts Centre and the Civic Theatre, create a vibrant cultural quarter in the Town Centre of Tallaght.

Authority and authority type

South Dublin County Council

Year of completion



County Library, Library Square, Dublin 24

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Category of library

Public Library

More info on the building…

Special features, internal

Digital training suite; Parent lounge; RFID self issue / return; Teenzone

Overall Cost

€ 10.000.000

Detailed description

The new customer-orientated library is a bright double-height building. A parent lounge beside the children’s library allows parents to relax and read in close proximity to their children who can play, use computers or relax with thousands of the best books available for young readers. A teen zone, a local studies zone and a large library for adults make up the range of facilities to aid access to leisure, information and educational possibilities for customers.

Library customers can avail of a large IT suite, with over 100 PCs for people to use free of charge and a range of computer applications and information sources. WiFi with a facility to print from laptops is also available and a large Digital Training Suite provides a range of training courses for all ages on a variety of IT skills including the Adobe Creative suite. Customers of the library can now add credit to their library membership cards in order to streamline payment for printing and photocopying. A conference suite on the lower ground floor has video conferencing facilities and will offer an extensive range of cultural and learning events for local people.

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