It’s set to open before the end of the year.
And today, Cork County Council gave local bookworms a sneak peek at what they can expect once the beautiful new Kinsale Library is finally complete.
The €3.7m project has seen the three-storey James O’Neill Building in Church Square converted into a modern venue for locals to enjoy.
Covering a floor space of approximately 674m2 over three levels, the Public Library will be over ten times larger than its current premises located in the Methodist Hall.
The building, known as the Old Mill, dates back to the late 19th Century. The development, designed by Cork County Council, will offer a ground floor entrance space and attached gallery exhibition area, a mezzanine area, a children’s area, an adult and study area, and a dedicated digital facilities suite.
In more good news for readers, the book stock available to borrow from Kinsale Library will increase fivefold, from approximately 5,000 items to 25,000 in the new space.
The My Open Library service will also be introduced, extending the self-service opening hours from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year.