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Location for July 23 will be in the DLR Lexlcon Libraries in Dublin, Ireland.

DLR Lexlcon is a vibrant public library and cultural space in the heart of Dún Laoghaire. It opened to the public on 8 December 2014 and was officially launched on 15 April 2015. Averaging well over half a million visitors per year since then and footfall from 1,500-2,000 per day, it was recently voted Fáilte Ireland’s 5th most popular free visitor attraction nationally.

A few words about the place

The LexIcon is very well placed in Moran Park, adjacent to the Harbour Master’s house which was first occupied in 1834 and is now the Irish Design Gallery. It has a magnificent aspect, looking out over Dublin Bay, in particular the East Pier and beyond towards Howth. The land was originally a  quarry known as the churls and rock was used from the grounds to build some of the pier, in addition to rock from the quarry at the Peoples’ Park and of course Dalkey Quarry. Dún Laoghaire Bowling Green was situated behind Harbour House and it moved to its present location in Eglinton Park in 2012. Further back towards the Royal Marine Hotel the old reservoir was used for many years for the steam ships that docked at Dún Laoghaire.

The library has the Local Studies Collection on Level 5. The ambition is: ‘to collect, maintain, preserve and make available material and online resources pertaining to the history and heritage
of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and to encourage greater public and community awareness and understanding of the County’s rich culture and traditions.’ A rolling programme of local history-related exhibitions and talks is curated by both internal and external partners.

On 5 levels of the library you can find:

  • level 1: Studio Theatre, Café, Staff Offices, Moran Park
  • level 2: Book Store Level
  • level 3: Security, Customer Desk, Book return area, Municipal Gallery and Project Room, LexIcon Lab, Digital Screens and Laptop Loan, Library pop up exhibition spaces, Meeting Room 1, Living Room space: Quick Picks, Young Adult books
  • level 4: Customer services area, Main library area, Children’s Library, Study spaces, Computers, Exhibition spaces
  • level 5: Local Studies and Archives Reading Room, Study spaces, Quiet area, Irish Author Collection, Meeting Rooms 2, 3 and 4, Writer in Residence Room
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