The old library was no longer fit for purpose. There was an insufficient number of seats, no space for Special Collections and not enough shelving. The main objectives for the new space was to provide a stand alone library building. Library moved from a one floor space to a four floor stand alone building. Other aims were to provide group study spaces, integrated study / library / IT / social spaces, integrate the library and the Resource Center, and to have a dedicated Special Collections / Archive Reading Room.
The new library was to form a visual link between the campus and the community so that it became a prominent feature in Drumcondra village and on campus. The Library Building is one of 3 new buildings constructed as part of the overall St Patrick’s College major campus development works completed in 2015, and has 4,825m² over four storeys.