WHAT IS THE LIBRARY PROJECT?
The Library Project is PhotoIreland’s volunteer led space holding a specialised Art bookshop, a gallery, and a public resource library of photobooks that gives name to the space.
Complementing PhotoIreland’s efforts to bring to Ireland a selection of Photographic publications rarely seen otherwise, the Art bookshop has expanded over time to include essential Art texts and many items that support local publishers and artists.
Having enjoyed an effervescent program of exhibitions and events since 2013, the gallery is now focusing on offering a growing array of photographic artworks to local audiences.
The collection was presented for the first time in July 2011 during the PhotoIreland Festival. It took a few years to find an adequate venue to offer it to the public, and it was in September 2013 when PhotoIreland was offered the current space to host The Library Project.
The collection can be enjoyed, for free during opening hours, as presented today in the comfortable mezzanine space, where it receives regular visits by students, researchers, amateurs, and tourists alike.
The Library Project welcomes everyone, both individuals and organisations, to contribute to and enjoy this unique public resource library. The collection is updated and catalogued online.
MORE ABOUT THE LIBRARY PROJECT
Created for you: A library dedicated to Photography & Image Culture with unique, contemporary publications from all over the world, for you to enjoy.
The Library Project is a collection of publications around Photography, the core of a public resource library already holding over 1500 items from 200 publishers worldwide, a wealth of publications unseen in Ireland.
Imagine a library dedicated to Photography and Image Culture with unique, contemporary publications from all over the world, free for you to enjoy. Initiated in 2011 by Claudi Nir and Ángel Luis González Fernández, from PhotoIreland, the first phase of ‘The Library Project’ sets out to offer the public an on-going collection of the latest photobooks, magazines and zines, produced by independent publishing companies, well-established, large publishing houses and self published.
In 2012, the collection was expanded with the efforts of Arcangela Regis. Then, Claudi Nir, Alison Baker Kerrigan, and Svetlana Zabelka started cataloguing the items. In 2013, with the support and passion of Steven Maybury, Katie Mooney-Sheppard, Gill Thorpe, Sinéad Corcoran, Nigel Payne, and Lorna Murphy, the collection kept expanding, it was catalogued, and was finally made available online.
The curated selection holds already over 1500 items from 200 publishers worldwide, and welcomes everyone, both individuals and organisations, to contribute to and enjoy this unique public resource library. Currently, the website offers over 700 items from the collection, and we will keep adding to it the full catalogue of photobooks, zines, magazines and new arrivals.