In July 2017 RCSI opened a state of the art ten storey health sciences education building. At the heart of the building is the RCSI Library occupying three floors, levels zero to two, with advanced clinical and surgical simulation facilities above, and a five hundred-seat auditorium and sports facilities below.
The new library has provided a once in a generation move for the library team and opportunities for deeper integration within the College community and the curriculum. The former library building was a stand-alone facility on the edge of the RCSI campus, out of sight of, and distant from, the centre of College activities. While functional it lacked the variety of spaces to support anticipated curricula changes and the student engagement agenda.
The goals for the new library were to create a vibrant, state of the art learning space, integrate the library service within the continuum of life-long and self-directed learning supports, be a showcase and access point for the full range of library services and use space as a change agent signifying that the library is much more than just a place.