A library in Cork is a collection of materials, books, or media that are readily available for use, not just for display purposes. Its purpose is to keep current information available to meet the daily needs of its users. A library offers physical materials (printed documents) or digital materials (soft copies) and can be a physical place or a virtual space or both. A library's collection may include printed materials and other physical resources in many formats such as DVDs, CDs, and cassettes, as well as access to information, music, or other content in bibliographic databases.
A library, which can vary widely in size, maybe organised and maintained by a public entity such as a government
, an institution/school, a business, or an individual. In addition to providing materials, libraries also provide the services of librarians who are trained to locate, select, share, and organise information, as well as interpret information needs and navigate and analyse very large volumes of information with a variety of resources. Therefore, librarians
go a step further to satisfy user needs by ensuring that users are satisfied with the information provided. A librarian is a person who is expected to be very dynamic and innovative, especially in this digital world.
Library buildings often provide quiet and conducive areas for study as well as communal areas for group work and collaboration and may provide public facilities for access to their electronic resources, for example: computers and internet access. Library clientele, and therefore the services offered, vary according to the type of library: users of a public library have different needs than those of a special library.
Libraries can also be centres of community where programmes are offered and people engage in lifelong learning. Modern libraries extend their services beyond the physical walls of a building by providing materials that can be accessed electronically, including from home via the Internet. Thus, managing information in an information world has become very easy because information can be made available virtually or accessed by people who are in remote areas or other locations far from the library.
Student enrollment, which was over 21,000 in 2016, has been growing since the late 1980s, resulting in the expansion of the campus through the acquisition of adjacent buildings and land. This expansion continued with the opening of the Alfred O'Rahilly building in the late 1990s, the Cavanagh Pharmacy building, the Brookfield Health Sciences centre, the expanded Áras na MacLéinn (Devere Hall), Lewis Glucksman Gallery in 2004, the Experience UCC
(visitor centre), and an expansion of Boole Library - named for the first mathematics professor at UCC, George Boole, who developed the algebra that later enabled computer programming.
The university also completed the Western Gateway Building on the site of the former Cork Greyhound track at Western Road
in 2009 and renovated the Tyndall Institute
buildings at Lee Maltings Complex. In 2016, UCC acquired the Cork Savings Bank building
at Lapps Quay in the centre of Cork City. Since 2017, the University has been undertaking a programme to increase the amount of space available across campus. Part of this development includes the creation of a 'student hub' to support the academic strategy, the construction of 600 new student accommodation units and the development of an outdoor
sports facility in Cork.
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