dlr Carnegie Library

Status: Completed
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Property Management Section

Level 3 

County Hall

Dun Laoghaire

Tel. no. 01 2054397

Email: propertymanagement@dlrcoco.ie

The Dún Laoghaire Carnegie Library is located at the western end of Georges Street Lower, Dún Laoghaire. The library opened in 1912 and closed when staff moved to the dlr Lexicon in October 2014.

Carnegie Library is a designated Protected Structure included in Schedule 1 of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Development Plan 2010-2016.  

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has overseen a unique vision including a programme of enabling works, effectively facilitating the marriage of the young and the old built environment to enable the IADT to utilise both the modern ground floor Carnegie offices, and the former Carnegie Library. Central to this, has been the reconfiguration of a glass interconnector structure which will now serve as the entrance to the library, including the provision for disability access while also providing access for IADT in the adjoining offices. 

The offices will cater for the work requirements of up to 50 IADT staff while the former library will be used as a learning environment for post-graduate research and study associated with the college’s national and international projects.  In addition, dlr will be working closely with IADT to develop a programme of public-facing events and activities.  The library will be able to cater for exhibitions and IADT plan to work with local artists/art groups to showcase their artwork.  

On the 4th of April 2024,  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council welcomed The Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) to the historical Carnegie Library in Dún Laoghaire. This collaboration aims to revitalise the Old Town Quarter and create an inspiring workspace, benefiting the local community and contributing to the local economy. 

IADT, as Ireland's only institute focusing on art, design, and technology will bring a unique blend of creativity and innovation to the town. The newly established 'Carnegie Hub @ IADT' will serve as a base for major initiatives such as the European University for Film & Screen Media and the Creative Futures Academy, making it a vibrant centre for knowledge sharing and creation.

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