A brand new library building opened this week at St Patrick’s College Dublin, in advance of a merger between two leading Irish colleges. St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, a teacher training college with strong ties to the Cathlolic Church dating back to 1875, had previously been described by former pupil John McGahern as the home of “anti-intellectualism”. With its forthcoming merger with Dublin City University, the college has stepped out from behind its iconic gates and walled perimeter to engage with the wider world.

From the 2015 intake of students onward, St Patrick’s College will become a campus of Dublin City University. Currently St Patrick’s College Dublin has 2,600 students and this number will increase significantly to around 4,000 following the merger. The new library, part of a €50 million redevelopment, is a symbol of the college’s transformation. Designed by RMJM in conjunction with Taylor Architects, the library spans four floors and features shelving supplied by Bruynzeel Storage Systems to house its 200,000 books. The design of the library embraces the modern world with room for digital ‘contemplation pods’ as well as more traditional real-world space for students to congregate and work collaboratively. “The beauty of the library is it will engage with city. It’s a flagship project … This will be a beacon of international significance,” Professor Daire Keogh, President of St Patrick’s College, told the Irish Times.

The dramatic interior, dappled with coloured light from stained-glass windows, has been kitted out with Sysco library shelving in RAL 7026 Graphite Grey throughout. In addition, Compactus mobile shelving has been installed in an environmentally controlled archive room to house the College’s special collection of valuable books. All the shelving for the St Patrick’s College Drumcondra library was supplied by Bruynzeel’s Irish dealership, Storage Systems Ltd. For more details contact Storage Systems Ltd on +353 (0)1 871 1400.