Kevin Street Library

Photo: Paddy Cahill

Kevin Street Library

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Saturday 13 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm

Kevin Street Library is a small branch library set in the city centre of Dublin that first opened to the public in 1904. As a flagship branch of Dublin City’s library network it stood as a cornerstone for the neighbourhoods it serves, connecting people to each other and to their community.Sadly, in June 2013 it was closed for urgent repair work to the roof drainage and rooflights.Kevin Street reopened its doors in 2018 following an extensive refurbishment project to restore Kevin Street Library as an accessible, relevant and socially inclusive public library. The refurbishment works involved the provision of a new lift shaft and access ramp, accessible WCs, as well as works to upgrade the building for fire safety and environmental performance. Tours will include the public areas of the library including the front reading room, inner reading room, rear reading room and 1st floor study area.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Last tour at 4pm. Wheelchair accessible. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Designed by: Dublin City Architects Division
Building Date: 1904, 2018
Location: Kevin St, Dublin 8

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