Cork City

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A number of by-laws, policies, and guidelines help to govern procedures for the overall benefit of members of and visitors to Cork City Libraries. Some policies are for the protection and safety of library visitors and library staff. Further details below.

Internet & computer facilities

You can book sessions on our public-access computers in any of our Lending departments, at €1 per half-hour session . Standard printing costs 10c per sheet or 50c per sheet for colour printing. Our public-access workstations contain Internet and general applications software. Regulations governing the use of public-access computers within library premises can be viewed by clicking on regulations for use of library internet computers (HTML version) or PDF for downloadable version.  

Room Bookings, Exhibition Bookings, Noticeboards

Policy, information and booking forms available in our Use of Library Spaces page at

Using mobile phones

  • Please respect other library users;
  • Please set your phone to silent, or to a quiet ring-tone;
  • If you receive a call please reply quietly and discreetly, and use hallways to receive and make calls.


Kids & Teens: Code of ethics

Cork City Council is currently drawing up a code of practice for services to children & young people.


Access all areas

Cork City Council has adopted a collection development policy called Access all areas covering the selection, acquisition, and management of stock in all formats, including electronic. It aims to ensure that libraries in the Cork city network provide the right book (and other material) for the right person at the right time. Access all areas policy covers popular lending materials for children and adults, research stock, local studies materials, stock in Gaelic and other languages, and music and multi-media. The policy covers not only the collections built up by the Libraries but also how Libraries will provide access to materials which we do not have, through inter library loans, co-operative ventures, and most importantly through electronic access.  Cork City Libraries actively contribute to the social inclusion policies of Cork City Council.   



Cork City Council is currently preparing a revised draft of the Libraries By-laws

CCTV policies

City Library, Grand Parade

Local Libraries
Please ask the Executive Librarian at your local library

Literacy Friendly Statement and Policy

Cork City Council Libraries deliver a literacy friendly service.  Please read our Literacy Friendly Statement and Policy here.

Ráiteas agus Polasaí a Thacaíonn le Litearthacht (PDF file 186 KB)

Literacy Friendly Statement and Policy  (PDF file 149 KB)

Social Media Commenting Policy

This policy outlines participation criteria for postings and published commentary on any of the Cork City Libraries’ social media sites, including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter.

Cork City Libraries use interactive online social media to share information, gather feedback, and create a dialogue with our community. We welcome your input and thoughts, but will remove comments or content that includes:

  • Obscene or racist content
  • Personal attacks, insults, or threatening language
  • Potentially libellous statements
  • Plagiarised material; any material in violation of any laws, including copyright
  • Private, personal information published without consent
  • Information or links unrelated to the content of the forum
  • Commercial promotions or spam

House Rules:

  • Cork City Libraries’ social media sites will be monitored on a regular basis during normal hours of operation.
  • We welcome feedback and ideas from all our followers, and will endeavour to join the conversation where possible. However, we may not be able to reply individually to all messages or comments received.
  • Individual enquiries can be dealt with by emailing or by ringing telephone number 021 4924900 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).
  • We will endeavour to ensure that any emerging themes or helpful suggestions are passed to the relevant people.
  • Please note if your username contains a swear word/expletive then we will not be able to reply to you or RT something that you have asked us to.
  • Comments should not advertise commercial products or services.
  • We may share or retweet information that we think will be of interest or use to people. But please don’t be offended if we don’t retweet something you ask us to: as a trusted organisation, any sharing of information could be seen as endorsement of a particular view, individual or organisation, and it’s important that we remain impartial and protect the council’s reputation.
  • Cork City Libraries are not responsible, liable for, and do not endorse the privacy practices of Facebook or Twitter or any linked websites. Your use of Facebook, Twitter, and any linked websites is at your own risk.
  • This comment policy may be revised at any time.
  • By choosing to comment and/or utilise any Cork City Libraries’ Social Media sites, users are deemed to agree to this policy.