On Wednesday June 11th I had the pleasure of reopening Garristown Library after several months of refurbishment work. The facility which includes over 8,500 items is housed in a wonderful purpose built library building which first opened its doors in 1912.
Garristown Library has managed to maintain its quaint village feel yet houses 21st century technology and facilities such has internet access, multimedia language courses and photocopying facilities. Redesigned in-house by Fingal architects, the building with its church like limestone façade fits nicely into the town which retains much of its rural charm.
During the opening ceremony, Mrs. Maura O’Connor (mother of Cllr. David O’Connor) was present, she having been librarian in Garristown for over 30 years from the 1960’s.
The resource has also been nominated for a Public Choice Award from RIAI Irish Architecture Award 2008.