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This page will contain the latest project updates. You can also follow the project's progress on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. If you have any comments, questions or would like to support the new library project please contact the University Librarian, Cathal McCauley or Patricia Harkin the Library User Construction Liaison.

Project Overview

November 2010 saw the commencement of construction of NUI Maynooth's new library extension. Due for completion in late summer 2012, when completed, the 6,200 sqm extension will create a total over 10,000 sqm of library space. The new library will have a range of benefits including a 216% increase in seating capacity, a 130% increase in book capacity and a more than 280% increase in computer availability. Other exciting features include a range of study space types, a special collections facility, a dedicated postgraduate and researcher's room and a purpose built exhibitions area. More information about the benefits of the library project is available here. The short video below gives an overview of the new library space:

library video

Project Update

  • The new extension will open on Monday Dec 3rd following satisfactory completion of all aspects of the Phase 2 works by the main contractor.  Internal fit-out work, which has already started, will now be accelerated, with a view to allowing staff and students to access the new Extension from Monday, 3 December next.

    Phase 3 works (internal refurbishment to ground floor in existing Library) will commence immediately, and are scheduled to be completed by the end of February 2013. 

     Previous Updates

  • November 2012
  • The opening date for the new library extension will be announced shortly. From Friday 23rd November to Saturday 1st December there will be some disruption to services and access to stock as we move to our new building.  Access to periodicals, books in the 300s and 900s and telephone services will be very limited during this time.  Please contact any member of staff or e-mail  if you have a query.  We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding during this transition period and look forward to seeing you in the new library extension shortly.
  • The fit out of the new library extension is almost complete. It will open shortly. Readers should be aware that some disruption to services and stock access will occur in late November and early December during the transition process. Further details will be circulated shortly.
  • September 2012
    The temporary wall between the upper floors of the existing library and the extension have now been removed. The new library will open shortly. 
  • May 2012
    While the new library extension will have a range of learning areas, computer spaces and (importantly!) a cafe - it will also have books. We are currently planning how our 400,000 books will be arranged across both current building and extension. The images available on Flickr show our plan, which is designed to give our collections growth space, allow our users easily navigate around a bigger area, while also encouraging  browsing. If you have any thoughts, send them on to Hugh Murphy
  • March 2012
    Progress on the new building continues apace.  In recent weeks the glazing has been inserted, the steel frame of the atrium has been constructed and the 'first fix' works have commenced.  For photographs of this wonderful progress please see Flickr. 
  • September 2011
    Significant progress has been made over the summer.  In mid-May the footbridge was removed and the preparatory works were largely completed.  Work on the construction of the library itself started. Recent images of the progress can be seen here.  Don't forget that the library will continue to remain open throughout the construction project. 
  • May 2011
    The footbridge will be decommissioned as part of the library extension project on, or after May, 27th 2011. Access to the North Campus will be via a signalled pedestrian crossing. Please heed directions and warning signage that will be provided by the contractor during this phase of the work. For images of the removal of the bridge check Flickr. 
  • April 2011
    On Friday April 8th construction on the temporary entrance to the Library will commence. While the Library will remain open, some disruption over the weekend should be expected. PCs on the ground floor multimedia area will be inaccessible from Friday 8th until Tuesday 12th April. From Monday 11th April access to the Library will be via the new temporary entrance and the old front door will be closed. Work will continue until Monday 18th on the construction of the membrane to the front of all 3 floors of the library. The protective membrane will enable the Library to remain open while work continues on the extension.
  • March 2011
    On 7th March the process of relocating the papal statue and associated heritage wall will commence.
  • February 2010
    To facilitate site preparation works the Northern perimeter of the Library building is now fenced-off.  Access to the Library continues to be via the main door.  The Kilcock road entrance should not be used by pedestrians. Pedestrian access from the North campus is via the footbridge. Library staff and deliveries can continue to access the Library via the service entrance. In a related move, over  the coming weeks the statue to the front of the Library, and the accompanying memorial wall, will be temporarily removed pending its relocation.
  • December 2010
    Work on the Library project has commenced in earnest with site preparation activity well underway.  For the latest images of the work please click here.  To download the project schedule please click here.

  • October 2010
    Friday 29th October 2010 saw the official announcement of the commencement of construction of the new Library Extension by the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan T.D in the company of President of NUI Maynooth Tom Collins and University Librarian Cathal McCauley. Walls construction have been awarded the contract which is due to be completed in September 2012.

  • September 2010
    The tender process for the new library extension has been completed and the successful bidder will be announced shortly.
  • July 2010
    The Library extension project recently achieved a significant milestone when the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Department of Education and Skills (DES) gave NUI Maynooth permission to go to tender.

    It is likely that the tender process will be completed mid-Autumn.  All going well, this will allow for the main construction project to get under way before the end of the 2010.  In the interim preparatory work has continued, and the culvert works to the river behind the Library have recently been completed. Consultation with the consultative forum and other stakeholders will continue to ensure that the university community is fully informed at all stages of the project and to minimise the disruption caused. A presentation showing a virtual tour of the new Library Extension project will be available shortly.

  • March 2010 - Full planning permission for all phase of construction achieved

The Library extension project recently achieved a significant milestone when full planning permission for both the enabling works and the construction of the new building was received. 

The next key step in the process is the finalisation of the design and tender documentation prior to going out to market in early May. All going well, this will allow for the main construction project to get under way before the start of the next academic year. In the interim preparatory work will continue, including culvert works to the river behind the Library. Consultation with the consultative forum and other stakeholders will continue to ensure that the university community is fully informed at all stages of the project and to minimise the disruption caused. A presentation showing a virtual tour of the new Library Extension project will be available shortly.

  • Collections Preparation Project

Work on preparing the print collection (books and journals) for the move to the new library is well underway. The Science & Engineering and Social Sciences collections are complete and work on the Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy collections is in progress. If you have any queries please contact Elizabeth Murphy, tel: 01 7083883