The new Library Creative Zone and Blackstone LaunchPad opened in March 2016. It has been designed as a space which fosters connectivity between the University campus, business community, and local entrepreneurs and as a general collaborative and meeting space for all UCC students and staff. The room has been very popular since it’s launch and is used frequently by many different student and staff groups within the university, from UCC’s Entrepreneur of the Year showcase, post-primary student visits, a poetry launch, and Cork Chamber events.
The room is designed in a way that is very flexible, allowing for lecture-style seating, performances, group collaboration and round table discussions etc. It provides lecturing and conferencing facilities, technology enhanced collaboration booths with screen mirroring, and an informal seating area which is bright and airy.