Funding withdrawn for libraries at Limerick colleges

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

FUNDING for the construction of state-of-the art libraries at Limerick Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick has been withdrawn following the Government’s decision not include the projects in its Infrastructure and Capital Investment programme.

FUNDING for the construction of state-of-the art libraries at Limerick Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick has been withdrawn following the Government’s decision not include the projects in its Infrastructure and Capital Investment programme.

Both libraries, which would have each cost several million euro to build, were due to open in 2013.

The works at the University of Limerick would have seen the construction of a major extension to the existing Glucksman Library.

The proposed library at LIT would have seen the construction of a three-story 4,600-square metre complex at a site to the south-east of the Moylish Campus.

Dr Maria Hinfelaar, president of LIT, said she is disappointed with the Government decision.

“It is a major blow for LIT that this new state of the art library and information resource centre will not now be built, which was badly needed. We will need to rethink our campus masterplan over the coming months to review how we can best deliver our ambitions and objectives and provide such services to learners.”