Waterford City Library

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Waterford City Library, also known as the Central Library, is a public library in Waterford, Ireland. It was the first to be built of Ireland's many Carnegie libraries. The philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who had previously opened libraries in Scotland and the USA, himself laid the foundation stone in 1903.[1]

Andrew Carnegie laying the foundation stone for the Library in 1903.


The classical-style building was constructed on a corner site using Kilkenny limestone. It is a protected structure.[2] In 2004 the library was reopened after having been renovated for its centenary. Images of the library were featured in the Irish Architecture Foundation’s “Lives of Spaces” exhibition at the Venice Biennale of Architecture of 2008.[3] The title of the exhibition was intended to elicit multiple interpretations, "suggesting that, while spaces can contain many lives, they can equally live many lives themselves".[4]

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Carnegie went on to fund four more libraries in County Waterford: Ballyduff,[5] Cappoquin, Lismore and Tallow.


  1. ^ (20 October 1903), "Waterford honors Carnegie", New York Times
  2. ^ National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. "Waterford City Carnegie Free Library". Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "=Official website of the library". Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lives of Spaces". Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Waterford Leader Partnership. "Ballyduff". Retrieved August 15, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 52°15′30″N 7°07′08″W / 52.2583°N 7.119°W / 52.2583; -7.119