Berkeley Library - Open House Dublin 2022
Building Tour

Berkeley Library

Paul Koralek
College Street, Dublin 2
2pm – 2.30pm
2.30pm – 3pm
3pm – 3.30pm
3.30pm – 4pm
Exterior of brutalist building with stairway on the foreground Berkeley Library Facade Man (Paul Koralek) looks at a 3d model of Berkeley Library

Tours will operate on a first come basis every 30mins between 2pm and 3.30pm (last tour starts at 3pm).

On arrival look out for Open House Volunteers who will be managing a queueing system. Please note that places are limited and we cannot guarantee that everyone will have a place on this tour.

Widely regarded as Ireland’s finest modernist building, the Berkeley is a brutalist gem that looks as good now as when it opened in 1967. The elders of Trinity College Dublin wanted a building that spoke to the 20th century as characteristically as its neighbours the Old Library and Museum Building did to the 18th and 19th centuries respectively. And speak to the 20th century it certainly does. Designed by Paul Koralek at the tender age of 28, it was the first building in what would turn out to be a long and dazzling career. Built in situ by master builders G. & T. Crampton using concrete poured into Douglas fir formwork, the building was the product of Koralek’s precocious imagination but also a legion of artisans. Now part of a larger complex of three linked library buildings, it remains one of the most stunning buildings in Dublin and retains the power to provoke strong reactions in all who see it.


Accessibility Information

The Berkeley Library is fully accessible. There is a ramp up to the podium entrance and lifts to each level within the building.

Wheelchair accessible, Accessible Toilets, Sensory Rooms


Photography Credit
© Architectural Press Archive/RIBA Collections

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