A purpose-built library and exhibition space, Cootehill Library was opened on the 26 October 2001. The ground floor level hosts the main library area and computer suite, and boasts an integrated visual arts piece by ceramic artist Claire McLaughlin. The upper level is a balcony area overlooking the ground floor and is a multipurpose space with a hanging rail for the display of artwork. 

In 2003 the library won the Public Library Buildings Awards in the best small new building category. The library works in partnership with Cavan County Council Arts Office, The Adult Learning Centre, National Council of the Blind of Ireland, all primary schools and the Local Heritage Society.

The Cootehill library book club was established in 2002 and currently has 12 members. The members meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in the Cootehill library.

 Barrie Cooke 'Hibernicus'

The events space in the library is also part of the Arts Office exhibitions programme. For further details on the Exhibitions Awards see the Awards & Opportunities page.  

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Arts Initiatives
There is an active community in Cootehill who have a genuine interest in all things arts and cultural. An example of the type of collaboration between Cootehill Library and The Arts Office is a partnership project with the Irish Museum of Modern Art. The Borrowing involved members and friends of the library curating an exhibition of work from the Museum’s Collection. The exhibition comprises some 11 works selected by a panel of 13 curators. The process began with a series of discussions and visits to IMMA. The panel explored the curatorial process and the work involved in selecting, presenting and publicising an exhibition. Artists include Louis le Brocquy, Caroline McCarthy, Paul Nugent, Paula Rego, James McKenna and Barrie Cooke (pictured above). 

Further details and information on forthcoming events are available from cootehilllibrary@cavancoco.ie or T: +353 (0)49 5559873



Image by Anne Savage