We strive to provide an inclusive library service, to remove barriers to use and to give everyone the means to read, learn and explore.

Access | Inrochtaineacht

Public libraries are open to all. Few other public arenas are so diverse in terms of usage by the local community. Cork City Libraries is committed to providing broad access, to enhancing real inclusion, minimizing barriers to use and to giving everyone the means to read, learn and explore.

Cork City Libraries make knowledge and information available to everyone in the city through high-quality and relevant collections, library spaces, and digital content. Our collections are in all formats, including digital, and are driven by evolving patron needs and interests. This is fundamental to the mission of Cork City Libraries and fundamental to a functioning democracy.

We aim to make our library buildings safe, welcoming, accessible to all and fitted with relevant and accessible technology. We aim to learn more about our non-users and what they need before we can begin to provide for them. 


All our library buildings have a Loop system fitted.

In addition Cork City Libraries has achieved:

  • Deaf Friendly Best Practice
    Cork City Libraries has received Best Practice Certification for being a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendly Service from Cork Deaf Association.
  • Literacy Friendly 
    Best use of Plain English by an Organisation, awarded by the National Adult Literacy Agency
  • Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement from Age Friendly Ireland
  • Autism Friendly
    Many of our libraries offer Autism Friendly hours and sensory friendly services. Contact your local library to enquire.

Library Link Home Library Visits

Cork City Libraries operates a home service for people who are unable to visit their local library due to illness, reduced mobility or disability. This is a city-wide service and is free of charge. For full information visit our Library Link page.

Growing Imaginations

Visit our Growing Imaginations page for information on this programme for adults with intellectual disabilities