Read about music services at Cork City Libraries.

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Cork City Libraries provides a unique musical resource in the city with free access to music materials in all formats.  We have CDs, DVDs, music books and scores in all genres – classical, choral, traditional, jazz, contemporary, rock and pop – for lending in most of our libraries, and for reference and archival purposes. The Rory Gallagher Music Library together with local libraries, provide resources for leisure and entertainment, for information and study, and for understanding and appreciation of all genres of music.

Our libraries are involved with many of the festivals and cultural events in the city, hosting events during the Jazz Festival, Choral Festival, Folk Festival, Heritage Week, Lifelong Learning Festival, and Culture Night.

Outside of festival times, the libraries have a vibrant calendar of live music performances, gramophone recitals and workshops on various aspects of the music business. Cork City Libraries supports the Department of Education’s music curriculum and where appropriate, provides space for classes in music appreciation and instrument tuition.

About the Cork Music Archive

Cork City Libraries established the Cork Music Archive to give a permanent home to the wealth of music produced by Cork people. The collections held in the archive cover all forms of music – classical, choral, traditional and contemporary.

The aims of the Cork Music Archive are to:

  • Collect, document, preserve and make available the musical heritage and current musical output of Cork – the city and region
  • Seek out important items of musical heritage, and promote and support archival recording etc.
  • Promote awareness and enjoyment of Cork’s music.

The Cork Music Archive contains substantial material relating to Aloys Fleischmann, Joan Denise Moriarty, and Rita Lynch., among others. Some of the Archive has been digitised in a website at To enquire about the Archive or to view its contents, please contact the Rory Gallagher Music Library to make an appointment.


Freegal is a music streaming service, free of charge for members of Cork City Libraries. Members have access to unlimited streaming of up to 16 million music tracks. You can also download 5 music tracks per week. Freegal also has music videos, and audiobooks. Full information can be found in their user FAQ:

Download the Freegal app from the App Store or Google Play. Search for Cork City Libraries. Enter your library barcode and PIN. Alternatively to access Freegal on your desktop, go to log in with your library barcode and PIN.

The company behind Freegal is Library Ideas who are based in the USA. We do not share any of your personal data with them.  Any privacy questions can be directed to Freegal at Their privacy statement is available at:

Naxos Music Library

We offer free access to the Naxos Music Library through your library membership. Simply click on the Naxos logo and enter your 14-digit library barcode.

Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online and includes orchestral works, concertos, chamber music, vocal and choral works, opera and operetta, ballet music and film music. It is an outstanding resource for professionals, students and those listening for pleasure and included the complete catalogues or selected recordings from BIS, Chandos, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine, Sony Classical and many more, with over 1,000 new albums being added monthly.

It also provides access to music notes, cover artwork, tracklists, instrumentation and publisher information, the libretti and synopses of more than 700 operas and more than 40,000 composer and artist biographies.

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Live at the Library

'Live at the Library' is part of a special programme of events to mark 40 years of the Rory Gallagher Music Library, 40 years of service to the music loving people of Cork, 40 years of pleasure and enjoyment to library users.

This series of interviews is about contemporary Cork musicians, old and young of diverse styles and backgrounds. They are invited to do a half hour interview in the music library, followed by a couple of songs. Each episode is professionally recorded, and kept as part of the Cork City Libraries' Music Archive to reflect the musical culture of Cork. The project was funding by Creative Ireland.

View the eight interviews in our YouTube playlist:

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Live At The Library playlist

Interviewer: Sheena Crowley

Recording and filming: Frameworks Films and CLAP Media