University College Cork, Boole Library Expansion and Renovation

Cork, Ireland | 2008

This award-winning addition and renovation creates a new postgraduate research library while expanding and upgrading the Boole Library, Ireland’s leading research institute. New space includes the 37,700 s.f. renovation of two floors of the existing building and a 64,600 s.f. addition.

The project adds reading spaces while providing technology for all reader seats and accommodating the expansion of campus collections, including special collections and archives. The revitalized facility provides a consultation area for library staff, as well as group study rooms and instructional spaces.

Built on the site of an ancient settlement, the Library’s red sandstone exterior is a contemporary continuation of the settlement’s stone wall.

Shepley Bulfinch was the design architect in association with Wilson Architecture.


Shepley Bulfinch Team

Alexander Howe
Ronald Finiw
Carole Wedge
Dawn Bridges
Amy Cheng
Peter Crowley
Nadine Cole
Chris Iwerks
Paul McIntire
Jiajia Wang



  • High commendation, 2010 Library Design Awards, Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)
  • 2008

  • International Architecture Award, 2008 Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

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"This... extraordinary environment works well for its audience. The building is linked to its environment and to the rest of the campus through the clever use of materials. The atrium has a wonderful sense of light, making an impressive entrance to the building. There is a strong fit to organisational mission: the library is a key element of the University's academic life and provides outreach to the local community. There is a particular emphasis on sustainability..."

- Citation, SCONUL 2010 Library Design Awards

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