Tour 7:

DLR Lexicon and Dalkey Public Library


Type of Library: academic

Total Distance Return Trip: 30 km

Meeting Point: Convention Centre Dublin

Price per person: € 10

Discover Ireland’s largest Public Library and the beautiful surrounds of South County Dublin.

Dalkey Public Library occupies a prominent position on this vibrant town’s main thoroughfare.  Having outgrown its 1902 Carnegie roots, the old library frontage may still be seen a few doors down on Castle Street. Comprising a ground-floor lending collection along with mezzanine study spaces, a music room and Tovertafel sensory equipment, the Library is a focal point for community and cultural activities.  A designated heritage town complete with Visitor Centre, Dalkey has a rich literary pedigree and the Library’s Maeve Binchy Memorial Garden celebrates one of Ireland’s most well-loved authors.

DLR LexIcon is the largest public library in Ireland. The award-winning building is a key component in the delivery of the cultural programme in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. The building won the 2014 Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland award in the categories of Best Culture and Best Public Building. The Lexicon includes adult, children’s, and audiovisual lending libraries with 24-hour automated teller machines for returns. Also included are general and local history reference libraries and library administration offices. There are large open spaces, smaller reading rooms, meeting rooms, an art gallery and workshop, and performance space and an auditorium.