MULTI-million euro funding for the extension of the libraries in the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology has been announced, with the projects expected to create hundreds of construction jobs over the next two years.
Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan, has announced that construction will commence this summer under the public private partnership programme, and the new facilities will open from early 2013,
They include works at LIT, UL, Cork Institute of Technology, and Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. The total scale of the new projects is over 24,000sq/m and they will accommodate almost 5,000 students.
“The building projects, which the Government considers strategically important investments for the smart economy, will create hundreds of jobs in construction at a challenging time for the sector,” said the Tánaiste.
UL President, Professor Don Barry said under the PPP programme the campus’s Glucksman Library is set to increase by over 6000m2, doubling the current library space at the University. The extension to the library will add over 800 extra study spaces, bringing its total study spaces for students to over 2,000.
“This expansion will also provide specialist facilities for digital media archives, special collections and medical and law collections. It will also allow us to expand the dedicated spaces we have for postgraduate students engaged in vital Fourth Level research that is making a vital contribution to Ireland’s economic recovery,” said Professor Barry.
The library is named after the American philanthropist Lewis Glucksman and his wife, Loretta, who generously supported the first phase of the building. Minister Peter Power said the provision “will provide both a boost to the institutions and the local economy.”