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Bishopstown Library


Bishopstown Library does not open until 10.30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.  

Bishopstown Library was officially opened on 8 December 2006, one of the largest of the six local public libraries in the city. Housed in a modern and spacious building, making extensive use of natural light, it incorporates the best features of modern library design. The library is a modern multi-use facility and was shortlisted for national and European design awards in the past.

As well as offering public lending facilities, the library includes three multi-purpose areas — a group study & meeting room; an exhibition room; and a children's multi-purpose room. Each one can be adapted for a variety of community-based and library-event purposes and all are used extensively.

Bishopstown Library provides access to personal computers and to internet facilities. You don't have to be a member to use the Internet or computer facilities, or to c‌ome visit the library. However, only currently-registered members of Cork City Libraries can borrow material from the library.

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 Check out our Want to renew an item you have borrowed?  When returning an item you can ask for other items out to be renewed. When not in the library you have the following options:

•  Renew items online through our Catalogue, provided you have collected your four-digit PIN (personal identification number) from any of our libraries and your 14-digit barcode no.

•  Speak directly to a member of staff by telephone at 021 4924950, but please remember that items cannot be renewed by leaving a voicemail message.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., with later closing at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays (September to June)

Exception: Bishopstown Library does not open until 10.30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.  

The library is located in the grounds of Wilton Shopping Centre, adjacent to the SMA Church, approximately 10 minutes from Cork city centre by car, in the western suburbs, directly across the road from Cork University Hospital (CUH).


By Public Transport - Bus Services

Bus no. 208 (Western Road), from the city centre to Wilton Shopping Centre, stops directly across from Cork University Hospital (CUH). 
Bus no. 214 stops outside the Tesco supermarket on Sarsfield Road, on the eastern side of the shopping centre. 
Bus no. 219 (Southern Orbital route) runs between Bishopstown and Mahon. It stops at both the CUH and at Sarsfield Road.


Parking facilities:

Bishopstown Library is wheelchair-accessible, with designated parking facilities for people with disabilities near the main door. Wheelchair 
Loop system available for persons with hearing impairment.  Loop


54,162 items (January 2018), including books, music CDs, audiobooks on CD and cassette, and DVDs including contemoprary film classics and a selection of documentaries.


Floor area: 1,200 sq. metres

Culture and Imagination — on the ground floor, this incorporates fiction, a teen section, and the children's library

Information and Learning — on the first floor, this  includes non-fiction, language-learning materials, and a handy ready reference area.

Computer Facilities: Our Library offers public-access computers available for general net browsing for a small charge. An express Internet service is available on a limited number of PCs and free online searches are available for research uses. Four PCs are dedicated solely for children's use and are fitted with appropriate filtering software. Every PC features the full Microsoft Office Suite. Digital scanning facilities are available on two PCs. Those with visual impairment can avail of a PC with voice recognition software and some PCs have large keyboards and trackball mice. 

Printing and Copying: We offer a full printing service from our PCs, and a self-service photocopy service, and a self service public fax service. There are small charges for all of these services.

Contact us

Telephone: Main Desk:  021- 4924950  &  4924951;   Fax: 021-4345428 

A/Executive Librarian: Paul O'Regan, Telephone: 021-4924959 

For Events & Exhibitions contact  Fionuala Ronan, Library Staff Officer: 4924953


Postal address:  Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork
Seoladh phoist:  Leabharlann Bhaile an Easpaig, Wilton, Corcaigh.

Eircode: T12 RR84
Loc8 code: WDQ-23-KM9