€2.8m library building works to be complete in eight weeks

€2.8m library building works to be complete in eight weeks

By Aideen O'Flaherty

SOUTH Dublin County Council expects “substantial completion” of the building works for the new Castletymon Library within the next six to eight weeks, with plans for the library to open in the third quarter of this year.

The original Castletymon Library closed in December 2017, when South Dublin County Council stated that they would not seek to renew the lease on the building as they claimed it was “unsuitable for occupation”, and decided to develop a brand-new library building instead.

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The new Castletymon Library is expected to be open within six to eight weeks

The new Castletymon Library is currently being developed on Castletymon Road, adjacent to the junction with Tymon North Gardens.

The council provided an update on the building works for the new library at Monday’s monthly meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee.

The local authority stated: “We anticipate substantial completion of the building works in six-eight weeks following the lifting of restrictions for construction.

“The tender for the furniture has been awarded and we expect delivery in May.

“Fit out of books and other items will follow and we expect [to open] the library in Q3.

“A full range of library services will be available in the new library, including adult, young adult and children’s services.

“Books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers and magazines will be available for borrowing along with free access to the Internet and Wi-Fi.

“Computer classes will be offered as well as online information, E-Books, E-Audio and other online resources.

“Regular storytimes are planned, along with STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths] activities, class visits and Babies Love Books sessions.”

The council added that they have been in touch with local schools and have been offering STEAM sessions virtually and a poetry event for secondary schools.

They also have plans for creative writing sessions, a series of toys, technology and training events for parents and children with additional needs, and early years music generation sessions are planned for June, along with recycling workshops for children.

In terms of older library users, the council said they are working with Rose Cottage and the Tymon North Community Unit to provide ACORN tablets for older people and music sessions.

Work on the state-of-the-art €2.8m library development commenced in January 2019.

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