New All Hallows library Woodlock Hall opens
The new Woodlock Hall library opened to DCU students for the first time today.
The newly restored Woodlock Hall - located on the All Hallows campus and managed by DCU Library services - is open to all students across DCU.
The library is open Monday to Friday, and is currently accessible through an online seat booking system only, due to public health guidelines.
It is hoped an official launch event will take place in 2022.
Plans for the restoration of Woodlock Hall began in 2018, coinciding with an agreement between the University and the Irish Jesuits in 2019 to transfer the library collection from Milltown Park into the care of DCU Library, ensuring its preservation and accessibility into the future.
To ensure this vast library was managed appropriately, DCU Library divided the collection into two - the Woodlock Hall Collection, and the Milltown Collection.
The Woodlock Hall collection - which forms the foundation of this new library in All Hallows - contains 18,000 books from across humanities. These titles will be aligned to contemporary humanities, theology and the social sciences subject areas.
Speaking about this collection, DCU Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian Victoria Smyth said:
The books in Woodlock Hall were primarily selected according to research interests of staff in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences based on the All Hallows Campus.
Rich in philosophy, religion, social sciences, history, and literature, it's a privilege to offer this glimpse of the much larger Jesuit Library.
Director of DCU Library Services John McDonough said:
The opening of Woodlock Hall gives DCU Library a presence on all three campuses. This is vital to our strategic role in connecting students to knowledge. We look forward in the coming years to make more of this collection available and accessible to students and researchers and to deepen our partnership with the Irish Jesuits.’
DCU President Prof Daire Keogh said:
The transformation of Woodlock Hall, delivered in partnership with the Jesuits, is an important milestone in the development of DCU’s library and of the magnificent All Hallows campus. By sensitively redesigning the space we have given the Jesuit Library an appropriate new home where DCU students and researchers will have access to very significant collections.
Visitors to Woodlock Hall will also see artwork commemorating the 1916 leaders.
The portraits, by renowned artist Mick O’Dea, were created in 2016 as part of an exhibition entitled ‘The Foggy Dew’ to mark the destruction of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in 1916. The exhibition consisted of a large installation of painting and sculpture including this piece.
The artwork consists of paintings representing 18 leaders to form a block grid. It was gifted to DCU by The One Foundation, and has been placed into Woodlock Hall by DCU Arts and Culture.
The refurbishment of Woodlock Hall saw the relaying of historic timber floorboards, alongside the restoration of the original wooden panelling, timber doors and sash windows, and the installation of sustainable energy solutions, including geothermal heating. McKeon Constuction Ltd and Mullarkey Pedersen Architects oversaw the project. McKeon construction documented the project on video here.
Opening hours for Woodlock Hall Library for Semester One are:
Monday to Friday: 10am to 5pm