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A proposed extension will almost double the size of the library at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth

A proposed extension will almost double the size of the library at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth

A proposed extension will almost double the size of the library at the National University of Ireland in Maynooth

Building work on a new 20 million euro extension to a university library has been given the go ahead.

Tanaiste and Education Minister Mary Coughlan approved the contract to almost double the size of the library at the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Maynooth.

It is expected to open for a new intake of students in September 2012.

Ms Coughlan said the project will transform the library and provide modern state-of-the-art facilities.

"The provision of this facility is critical to the future of the university due to the unprecedented demand for library space and services arising from increased student numbers," said Ms Coughlan.

"NUI Maynooth has experienced consistent growth in enrolment numbers over the past decade with current enrolments standing at 6,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 postgraduate students.

"The 2010 intake of 2,000 students is the highest ever as the university continues to see more students applying to study at NUI Maynooth."

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The project will deliver over 6,000sq/m of new space. When integrated with existing facilities it will give the university a library with a total area of 10,000sq/m.

The construction contract which has been awarded to Walls Construction Ltd accounts for 14 million euro, while a further six million euro is required for furniture, fit out, equipment and enabling works.

Ms Coughlan added: "This contract will bring Government capital investment in NUI Maynooth to over 50 euro million in the past decade."


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