ballyroan Library

The library is the final piece of a commission that started in 2006. The existing 1980's library was outdated and undersized for the 300,000 unique visits it received each year. The commission involved the refurbishment of an existing Community Centre and provisions of a Pastoral Centre.
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This new internal street is a place to gather, check in or out a book, reading, gathering and to allow unrestricted access to information in a range formats and sources

This new internal street is a place to gather, check in or out a book, reading, gathering and to allow unrestricted access to information in a range formats and sources

This new internal street is a place to gather, check in or out a book, reading, gathering and to allow unrestricted access to information in a range formats and sources

This new internal street is a place to gather, check in or out a book, reading, gathering and to allow unrestricted access to information in a range formats and sources

The new building is part single and part two storey, two new entrances are provided, one to the north and one to the south, accessed from the shared space, entering into the double height internal street.

The new building is part single and part two storey, two new entrances are provided, one to the north and one to the south, accessed from the shared space, entering into the double height internal street.

. Upstairs is a long north facing ‘Memory Room’ holding heritage and local studies resources, serving as a research and study space.

Upstairs is a long north facing ‘Memory Room’ holding heritage and local studies resources, serving as a research and study space.

. Upstairs is a long north facing ‘Memory Room’ holding heritage and local studies resources, serving as a research and study space.

Upstairs is a long north facing ‘Memory Room’ holding heritage and local studies resources, serving as a research and study space.

The timber element folds to become a ceiling and walls creating a gallery exhibition space on the southern end

The timber element folds to become a ceiling and walls creating a gallery exhibition space on the southern end

Along the perimeter timber pods surround the main space in the form of oriel windows providing more intimate reading areas, framing a suburban context

Along the perimeter timber pods surround the main space in the form of oriel windows providing more intimate reading areas, framing a suburban context

The reading room is open plan, lit from above by means of staggered roof lights with glass vertical planes on the north face bouncing and reflecting the southern light.

The reading room is open plan, lit from above by means of staggered roof lights with glass vertical planes on the north face bouncing and reflecting the southern light.


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