Official Opening of Glucksman Library, University of Limerick
22nd June 2018
University of Limerick’s Glucksman Library extension was officially unveiled in June by former Tanaiste Mary Harney. The facility has now doubled in size and capacity by the construction of 7,600m2 extension to the original library building. The New Glucksman Library, built by BAM, provides 2,200 study spaces and includes a range of world class innovations in book storage and retrieval, digital research, accessibility and ‘inspirational learning spaces’.
One stand out feature is the ARC (Automated Reserve Collection) – a 10 meter high book vault and robotic crane, with the capacity to store 500,000 volumes in a space 1/9th of conventional shelving, which will see UL’s historic collections, currently housed off-site, returned to campus.
It features a Law Library and Appellate Court and a Medical and Health Sciences Library. There are discrete spaces for postgraduate and faculty study, group study and exhibition spaces. Other bespoke areas include a Digital Scholarship Centre, Social Learning Spaces and an Assistive Technology Centre.