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The Letterkenny Library and Arts Centre is located on the corner of Oliver Plunkett Road and Lower Main Street in the centre of Letterkenny.. It is the central library in the County and is an integral part of Donegal County Council's arts provision. It was the first arts centre operated by a local authority in Ireland.

The Centre opened in 1995 on the site of the demolished Literary Institute. The Literary Institute was built in 1876. It was donated to the town by Doctor Crerand from Illistrin and opened by the Lord Chancellor of Ireland, Lord O'Hagan. It was once a seminary used to train priests before St Eunan's College was built. It was also a school and a social club. It lay derelict for a number of years before demolition to make way for the new library.


The library itself is divided between the ground and upstairs floors of the building. On the ground floor a vast array of adult books may be found as well as a children's section where silence is not so strictly enforced. . Computers are also located on the ground floor which are easy to use for inquisitive locals and homesick tourists alike. The Library is special in the fact that it has one of only two clock towers located in the town; the other being located a few metres away.

Upstairs is a study area regularly used by students and other townspeople who wish to avail of its comfortable tables and chairs, relaxed airy quiet atmosphere, and thousands of reference books, maps, dictionaries and encyclopaedias. This is also where the local archives are held and a special area is designated for adults only who wish to mull over the daily newspaper or a specialist magazine

As the main library for the County, at the heart of the network of the Library Service, the Central Library houses the Donegal Studies Collection - an invaluable reference collection of books, CDs, videos, maps and leaflets on the history, natural history, archaeology, family history and culture of County Donegal. It also houses the main Business and Community Information collections. The total stock of the Central Library is 40,000 items.

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