The Dublin City Library @ Parnell Square Cultural Quarter

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An exciting new destination for learning, literature, information and culture in Dublin.

Dublin City Library

What is the Dublin City Library?

The Dublin City Library will be a new kind of city library for the citizens of Dublin. A window on the world of knowledge and culture, a centre of learning and literature, a commune of research and reading and a hub of ideas and creativity.

Where will it be?

The City Library will be at the heart of a new Civic Cultural Quarter at Parnell Square, accommodated on the site of the former Coláiste Mhuire. Together with the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, it will anchor a cluster of new and existing cultural facilities on the square all connected by a new civic plaza.

A story house where people can learn and create.

What has been done?

Preparations are well under way. The project will involve widespread consultation with citizens and stakeholders. The library brief is evolving and the process to select a design team will commence soon.

What will it be like?

It will be a meeting place for both people and ideas – a story house. It will be a place that is always ready to change, dynamic and constantly evolving, a library of temporary spaces, meeting spaces, different places. It will imbue in its users a sense of ownership and a sense that they, the citizens, will develop the library through the events that happen there.

Dublin City Library Space Budget

Total Space 8,000 sqm
Total no. of Reader Seats 800

Large welcome foyer

Capable of hosting small events and performances – an impromptu space for discourse and debate.

Lending and reference library

Items for loan and reference in multiple formats, places to read, to work, to think.

Conference and exhibition spaces

For large and small events, bookable by the community.

Innovation Hub

Supporting the business and enterprise needs of the city with collections, on-line resources and spaces to work and collaborate.

Digital media and music library

Offering a blend of physical and digital resources, listening, downloading and creating facilities.


A literature centre, displaying, interpreting and showcasing Dublin's unique literary heritage. Offering creative spaces,performances and opportunities for residencies.

Learning Suite

Comprising a digital media hub and on-line learning centre, it will offer access to the library's digital collections and access to many learning opportunities.

Children’s and Young Adult’s Library

Learning, reading, activity and recreational spaces for creating music, theatre, art, media and gaming.

Dublin City Library

The Place: Parnell Square

This location was chosen for several reasons. The most successful international libraries are beside dense residential zones, are located at urban hubs, close to public transport, and have adequate outdoor public space associated with them. They are transparent and open, capable of engaging their communities. Street level access to the library is key, helping to promote interaction between outside and inside.


The conversation is just beginning. We want to hear your views. You can find out more here in due course so do check in regularly!

In preparation for the design phase, the City’s library service has looked at the best in international practice, analysed population and demographic trends and assessed and reviewed current services. In addition, we are planning continuously for services and programmes that reflect what a 21st century city library should be for the people of Dublin.

The vision for the Dublin City Library is to be an icon of literature and learning for all.

The City Library – General Information

  • Part of 11,500 sqm of cultural space at the new Cultural Quarter on Parnell Square
  • 8,000 sq.m. of the library of the future
  • Together with the Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane it will enhance and extend the civic cultural offer at Parnell Square
  • Expected 3,000 visitors a day – 1 million visitors a year
  • A StoryHouse – celebrating Dublin’s place as a UNESCO City of Literature
  • A vibrant and versatile meeting place bursting with activity
  • Lots of interesting things to borrow in many different formats
  • Events, performances, readings, exhibitions, something for everyone – a place to be – THE place to be
  • 7-day opening


This looks fantastic. Surprised not to have neard more about it earlier, though did read in the Irish Times that the school was being considered as a location.

Would love to be involved somehow, think this will be fantastic

Love that this part of dublin is being upgraded. The pedestriansation of the north side of Parnell square is very much
essential to achieve a welcoming aspect to the area similar to the national gallery in Londons trafalgars square. The plan to recreate the square and gardens down to the rotunda and the demolition of the exsting nurses accommadation as outlined in the overall future plans for Parnell square is vital to give the square a new lease of life.

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