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General Information

a name and address
1 Type of library university [University]
2 Name of library / Name of mother institution John Paul II Library / National University of Ireland, Maynooth
3 Address Maynooth Co KildareIRELAND
4 Phone / Fax / Email
5 Name of the director of the library Cathal McCauley
6 Contact person for enquiries (Cathal McCauley)
b population served
7 Current readership, number of registered readers 10 000
8 Number of full time students 7 000
9 Number of part time students 2 000
10 Number of staff in institution 600
c the old/original building(s)
11 Total floor area 4 000 m²
12 Number of reader seats 680
13 Total capacity of shelving 330 000 volumes
14 …in open access storage 320 000 volumes
15 …in closed access stacks 10 000 volumes
16 Number of library staff 49
17 Opening hours to the public 72 hours per week during academic year

The New Building

a architect(s)
18 Firm Scott Tallon Walker
19 Project Architect StJohn Handley
20 Type of project
b aims of the new building
21 Short description of the main objectives and purposes of the project Address need for greater stock and seating capacity while also meet demand for 24/7 capability, ubiquitous wifi, more end-user power supply, teaching rooms and a range of student space from the social to the silent.
c special features
22 Site Located in Maynooth Ireland’s only University town, the campus is divided by a road into north and south with the library in the centre acting as a nexus. The campus hosts two institutions – National University of Ireland, Maynooth and St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and the library serves both.
23 Architecture The extension is based on a precast concrete grid of 6.5 metres. There is a glass twin wall system on the upper floors. The building complies with all access and safety regulations including for example the provision for a mothering room. The building has a range of green features including water attenuation tanks, seeded roof, smart lighting. A virtual fly through can be viewed at:

Technical Information

24 Total gross floor area The total library will have a floor area of 10 200 m² of which 6 200 is the new extension
divided into
25 Open access services 7 950 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual none dedicated
27 Computers
28 Special collections 190 m²
29 Seminar room(s) 211 m²
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 84.5 m²
31 Lecture hall none
32 Public refreshments 116.19 m²
33 Administration and staff areas 1 400 m²
34 Closed access stacks 90 m²
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc. -
36 Further information 3 levels, all accessible by registered users, only the front of the ground floor will be totally open to the public
37 Number of reader seats (total) 1 500
divided into
38 Audiovisual no dedicated seating
39 Computers 50
40 Seminar room(s) 262
41 Regular 1 188
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 450 000 volumes
43 Open access stacks 356 000 volumes
44 Closed access stacks 17 000 volumes
45 Compact shelving 72 000 volumes (not included in 43 or 44)
46 Audiovisual materials 5 000 volumes
47 Other N/A
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 2 additional staff onto existing staff of FTE in this library of 45.
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning natural using twin wall system
50 Heating natural using twin wall system
51 Lighting smart lighting throughout
52 Acoustics use of materials and coffers in precast concrete
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators 2 lifts
54 Book transportation system no
55 Theft detection electro magnetic tattle tape based
56 Building management system yes
57 Type of IT infrastructure wired to deliver all fixed points with 1GB, wifi throughout
58 Other

Schedule Of The Building Process

59 Planning, preliminary brief commenced 2006
60 Architectural competition 2008
61 Period of project 2010
62 Opening of the construction work December 2010
63 Conclusion of the construction due to complete autumn 2012
64 Furnishing and moving the collections summer 2012
65 Opening of the new building for public October/December 2012

Costs (Including Taxes)

66 Site N/A
67 Building 20 million EUR
68 Furniture and equipment N/A
69 Fees N/A
70 Total N/A
71 Operating costs
72 Funding (Type of commission and source of funding)

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