DCU launched the Jesuit Library Partnership earlier this month, and confirmed the transfer of the Milltown Park Library collection to DCU.
The launch of the partnership took place on October 1 on All Hallows Campus, where the Jesuit Province confirmed they were transferring 140,000 volumes into DCU’s care on an “extended loan”.
Due to the closure of the Jesuits’ Milltown Institute eight years ago, the decision was made to transfer the library’s collection to DCU on a ten-year loan in order to preserve and grow the library.
President of DCU Brian MacCraith and the Irish Jesuit Provincial Leonard Moloney SJ attended the event, alongside Jesuits, former Milltown staff and DCU staff and students.
Fr Leonard Moloney SJ spoke at the launch, and said “Books are friends, and we are happy that these friends have found such a warm, hospitable new community, even if it is in the north of Dublin.”
DCU received planning permission to build a new reading room on All Hallows Campus to house the collection, which will have seating for around 100 students
Daire Keogh, Deputy President of DCU and Professor of History, was involved in the partnership negotiations and said the refurbished Woodlock Hall “will be a gem.”
“I think it will be a big contribution to the cultural depth of the north side of the city” he said, “It’s very much part of our plan to bring All Hallows campus to life as fully as possible.”
Professor Keogh said the Jesuits were making a “capital investment” in the university, and the investment “will allow us to refurbish and develop Woodlock Hall.”
Fr Leonard Moloney SJ called DCU “a model of what a modern university should be”, and said he looked forward to the collection being used by students.
“The future of the Irish Church is lay, it is not priests and religious, and this is a little piece in that jigsaw that will be the future of Ireland.”
Professor Keogh said the 140,000 volumes could stretch out for 6km, and was a significant collection in terms of classical and contemporary theological issues.
“For a young university it’s effectively giving us a historic library, so it’s putting us in a very strong position in terms of research”
The collection will be unveiled in the spring, and will be available to all DCU students and anyone with an ALCID card.
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