The Cork Local Studies department is situated on the top floor at the front of the Central Library. No charge is made for consulting information in this department. The Local Studies department or Cork Collection contains a wide range of material (on paper and on other media) on the history, geography, antiquities, archaeology, folklore and culture of Cork city and county. The bookstock of 13,000 books (in November 2012) is complemented by an extensive local newspaper archive. The collection contains books, newspapers, journals, periodicals, manuscripts, maps and photographs. This department is popular with enquirers seeking local history information and those seeking guidance for genealogical research.
In trying to fulfill its role as the collective memory of Cork city and county, the Local Studies department will continue to collect all types of Cork-related published material. The department interprets the term Local Studies in the broadest sense. The visitor to the department is as likely to find a recipe for tripe & drisheen as a scholarly volume on the history of Cork. Local Studies and the Rory Gallagher Music Library are establishing a local music archive containing both printed and recorded material in all genres of music.
Visitors wishing to use our microfilm facilities are advised to book a film reader in advance because of the public demand for use of the equipment. A microfilm reader may be booked for ninety minutes per session per day. There is no charge for use of microfilm facilities. The charges for printing from microfim are 10 cents for A4 copies and 20 cents for A3 copies. In view of the sensitive and fragile nature of much of the material in the department, visitors are required to handle materials in ways best suited for optimum conservation.