Kevin Street Library Refurbishment

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Kevin St Library[Updated: November 2017] The timetable for completion of the refurbishment works is as follows:

  • Contract commencement date: 30 January 2017
  • Commencement of works: 8 February 2017
  • Completion/handover: 8-9 months
  • Fit-out/move in: 2 months, opening Spring 2018

The Design Concept have been awarded the contract for the fit out of the library. Examples of their previous work can be seen here:

Dublin City Public Libraries apologise for the continued inconvenience caused to the users of Kevin Sreet Library.


Dublin City Public Libraries announced in 2013 the commencement of works to refurbish Kevin Street Library.

Library services have seen enormous change over the years. Kevin Street Library has been in need of refurbishment works to accommodate the requirements of a public library beyond those envisaged when the building first opened in 1904. Works include:<--break->

  • Specialist repairs to the roof and structure 
  • Conservation of original architectural features 
  • Restoration of original wooden shelving and flooring 
  • Increased public space for study, exhibitions, community groups & children’s library (In part, facilitated by the construction of a new floor and mezzanine/gallery).
  • Universal accessibility to all areas
  • Public restrooms

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes to the users of Kevin Street Library, and while it is unfortunate that any library must close, this closure ensures the library’s long-term survival. The library celebrated 100 years in 2004 and we want to make sure it’s around for many, many more!

See below photo update of the refurbishment works ongoing in Kevin St Library (April 2016):

Or view on flickr (plus captions).

Mobile Library Services are available at D.I.T. Kevin Street on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm for the duration of the refurbishment works. Kevin Street Library users are also welcome to use our other locations in or close to the city centre:


I remember when it was the music library
great staff


I liked the old system better. The new one one will not allow me to reserve a book (Annie Barrows - The story of US. Why?


Thank you for your comment. I'm afraid it's not possible to reserve this book 'The Truth According to Us' by Annie Barrows online at the moment as it's not on order on the system yet. You could check online again in a couple of weeks or place a purchase request in your local library.

Kind regards

Hi, any new updates on when the kevin st refurb work will be finished?

Our most recent estimate is that Kevin Street Library will re-open in September 2017. We will post any updates on our blog here at


Do you know what month in Spring 2018 Kevin St library will be opening?


Thank-you for your interest. Dublin City Public Libraries are currently working with City Architect’s Division on the commencement of the fit-out schedule. Once the schedule has been finalised a date for reopening will be announced.

Is there any update on the re-opening of the branch?

We hope that by early March we’ll be able to give a reopening date. The furniture is currently being assembled and staff start work on restocking the shelves in the next couple of weeks.

Has a date been set for the re-opening of Kevin Street Library?

I am interested finding out when the reopening of the library will be

We are pulling out all the stops and quite confident of being able to keep on target and have Kevin Street Library re-open before the end of Spring 2018. As soon as we have a firm date we will post it here on our website and on our various social media accounts.

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