- May 2009
- $25 million
- 48,000 sq ft
- Shay Cleary Architects
- BAM Construction Structural
This library building is phase two of the Cork County Council Civic Campus. It is the headquarters for a twenty-two branch county wide network of local libraries and provides administrative offices and a large book processing facility for Cork. There is limited public access at ground and first floors.
The site is flat and occupies an area immediately adjacent to the 16 storey County Hall Tower on its western side.
The building is L shaped in arrangement with a six storey wing on its western side enclosing a landscaped south facing public courtyard. A two storey horizontal wing encloses the space to the north. Custom designed benches and planters are placed throughout this space providing visitors to the complex with a major new amenity. The provision of this new public space is made possible by locating the large book processing facility and archive storage below the courtyard level.
The lower ground level provides accommodation for book selection, stock intake, processing and distribution for the entire county.