The library will be moved to Naas Town Hall
Despite criticism of the planned relocation of the community library in Naas to the town hall, only 11 submissions were made during the public consultation process and most of these came from within Kildare County Council.
The €5.9m project will provide a state-of-the-art library which will also host a range of other cultural and educational activities.
When councillors voted in favour of the new location, Kildare county librarian Marian Higgins said the existing facility was delivered in 1992 as a purpose-built library reflecting the need then.
However, the population of Naas grew to 21,393 in 2016 and there have been population rises in other areas it serves — Kill, Caragh, Johnstown and Sallins.
The chief outstanding concern is how the Naas country market will be accommodated in the Town Hall, and Cllr Seamie Moore said that the vendors need more than a canopy outdoors.
Cllr Sorcha O’Neill said the old library might be suitable for the market and Cllr Carmel Kelly said the old building could accommodate a county museum.
“This is not in keeping with how the market has operated and they need as proper covering,” Cllr Moore told a recent Naas Municipal District meeting.
It is understood that there is a proposal to cover part of the yard behind the town hall with the intention to use this section as the market venue.
Cllr Darren Scully said the new library would preserve the town hall, bring football to the town centre and create a focal point.
He also said that country market brings many people into the town and “we need to do more for them”.
KCC official Sonya Kavanagh said there had been a number of expressions of interest concerning the future use of the harbour premises where the library was located.
“It is a great location and we want to see this area of the town revitalised,” Ms Kavanagh said.