Mary Immaculate College, since its foundation in 1898, has undergone many changes over the years - not least in its infrastructure and campus. With the incorporation of St. Patrick’s College, Thurles in 2016, the geographical footprint of MIC has increased and so has the necessity to accommodate and serve its growing student and staff cohort in the best possible way.
Mary Immaculate College has published its 2022-2042 Masterplan which outlines the proposed development of the Limerick and Thurles campuses over the medium to long-term, and builds upon the academic, cultural, social and recreational vision of the College.
The Masterplan seeks to look forward over a 20 year time horizon and set out a path whereby MIC will grow and develop its physical infrastructure in a manner appropriate to its growing student population, the needs of our students and staff, and also in a manner that takes due recognition of the local communities close to the College and the environment we seek to protect and nurture.
New Library & Learning Resource Centre
The College’s design for a new Library/ Learning Resource Centre on MIC Limerick Campus has recently passed through a rigorous assessment and approval process with the HEA and is approved for funding as a major capital project for MIC. This project will cost c €36m with MIC contributing funding of €5m from its own resources. A modern structure of approx. 5,000 square metres will be developed at the heart of the Limerick campus over a three year project time span.
The new library will provide the latest in facilities for our students and staff and the growing academic requirements of a student population at MIC now in excess of 5,000 students overall. New services, longer opening hours, better provision for special collections and enhanced student orientated library services will all be part of the operations of the new structure. The new Library will be constructed so as to operate in the most environmentally sustainable manner with nZEB and BREEAM ratings specified at project outset that will contribute to a greener campus.
The need for modern, bright, technology enabled student study space became heightened to an urgent level during the experience of Covid restrictions to campus and travel, so the project remains priority number one for the College and top of the list outlined in Masterplan 2022-2042 for MIC.
The College is grateful to all stakeholders - student body, staff and local representatives, who have supported the project to this point and looks forward eagerly to the day when the new library doors are opened to all.