Cork City

About Us



Cork City Libraries Online gives you an overview of the services we offer, and enables you to carry out transactions online, including renewing or requesting items.

Cork City Libraries provide a resource for all — for Life & Learning, for Culture & the Imagination, and for Children & Young People.


Cork City Libraries — a service of Cork City Council


Cork City Libraries provide a range of library and information services to the people of Cork, and through this website to anyone interested in Cork. We provide books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and audio books, for use within the library or for home use. We also provide computers with fast Internet access throughout our network of branches and in our Central Library.

Visitors are welcome to use our facilities free of charge for on-site reading/enquiries. Registered membership entitles members to borrow items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) for home use. Internet access is available to members and non-members, at €1 per half-hour session. Enquiries can be in person, by telephone, letter, or e-mail and are welcome from everybody; whether members or not.

Registered membership is free. See the Get a Library Card page for conditions of library membership and information on charges.

The Central and Bishopstown libraries are open six days per week, Monday to Saturday, and our other local libraries are open Tuesday to Saturday. Opening times of all libraries are shown on the relevant library page. On Saturdays & Mondays of bank-holiday weekends, all our libraries are closed.

Online access to the library catalogue and to your online account is at 

You can view our online Local Studies service at Cork Past and Present


Senior Management

Liam Ronayne is Cork City Librarian.

Breda Hassett is Senior Executive Librarian in charge of finance, human resources, and general administration.

Ann Riordan is the Senior Executive Librarian with responsibilities for Collections, Content and ICT.

Patricia Looney is the Senior Executive Librarian with responsibilities for the City Library, and for Promotion & special activities.