The Library (former Berkeley Library) - Open House Dublin 2024

The Library (former Berkeley Library)

Trinity College, College Green, Dublin 2

Dates & Times

Tours every 30 mins

  • Saturday 14th October:
  • 12pm – 3pm (last tour)
Tour type
  • Building Tour

Paul Koralek

Widely regarded as Ireland’s finest modernist building, the Library (former Berkeley Library) 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.

Meeting point: Foyer inside the entrance.

You do not need to pre-book this tour.


Accessibility Information

Wheelchair accessible
Accessible Toilets
Assistance Dogs welcome

Photography Credit
© John Donat




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