Glucksman Library, University of Limerick

Glucksman Library, University of Limerick


The Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick is one of the biggest campus libraries in Ireland and one of the most digitally advanced in the world.

The project provided the University with a new 7,600 sq. m extension, doubling the size of the original Glucksman Library building, and included extensive refurbishment of the existing facilities.

The dynamic new library was dramatically reimagined and extended with a sequence of open-plan, flexible, naturally-lit and ventilated interior spaces, each with a distinctive character, allowing for mood change and multiple uses, from the quiet traditional reading and study areas to more vibrant and technology-infused group and collaborative spaces.

Increasing and optimising the available study space brought the student-space ratio down from one space for 13 students to one in six in line with world-leading universities.

We worked collaboratively with the University and project stakeholders to research best library practice across the world, including the implementation of the ARC (Automated Reserve Collection).

One of the few facilities of its type in the world, the ARC is a 10m high vault to store over 500,000 books operated by a robotic crane for easy retrieval, allowing students to retrieve a book from thousands of drawers at the touch of a button.

Limerick, Ireland

7,600 sq. m