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Lift Out of Order in the City Library

The lift in the City Library is currently out of order. The Local Studies Department and the Reference Department can be accessed using the stairs in the main foyer.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Events Guide November/December 2018

Download our events guide for November/December


Library notifications to gmail addresses

We are currently experiencing problems sending email notifications to patrons with gmail addresses. Please check your online account for holds and overdue notifications, or ask your librarian. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope to resolve this issue soon.

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Live at the Library with John Blek

John Blek is an original folk songwriter from Cork. John is known for his work with his band John Blek and the Rats as well as his recent work as a solo artist. Here he chats with Sheena Crowley in the Rory Gallagher Music Library. 


Sebastian Barry at Cork City Libraries

Sebastian Barry, Laureate for Irish Fiction, visited Cork City Libraries last night. The visit was an intimate and moving one with the members of the library's LGBTI+ Book club and is part of a series of book club events Sebastian is holding with people and groups throughout the country. 


Cork Film Festival Shorts at the City Library

Cork City Libraries are delighted to announce an expanded catalogue of Cork Film Festival short films in the City Library viewing booth.  31 additional films from the 2017 Festival are available to view free of charge.  As part of Heritage Week 2018 Cork Film Festival staff will be on hand at the booth in the City Library on Saturday August 18 at 12.00 pm to guide you through the films.


Live at the Library with Hanora George

Hanora George talks to Sheena Crowley about her life as a musician and plays some of her music.


Live at the Library with Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery is an award-winning, double platinum selling artist. Mick joined us for a chat on a break from touring Austria and Germany

Here he talks to Sheena Crowley about his music and life.


New printers and photocopiers

Please bear with us while we upgrade our printing and photocopying service. There may be some disruptions to service over the coming days. We apologise in advance.


Live at the Library with Jack O'Rourke

Live at the Library:  Cork singer/songwriter Jack O’Rourke chats to Sheena Crowley


Healthy Ireland

Cork City Libraries has added some new titles to stock under the Healthy Ireland Initiative. Download a copy of our updated reading list here.


Events Guide May/June 2018

Download our Events Guide for May/June 2018


Music Library - 40th Anniversary

Cork City Council is organizing a special programme to mark 40 years of the Music Library in the City Library, Grand Parade.  Download our programme of events here.


Free Online Language Learning

New to Cork and want to learn English or Irish? Want to get ready for your holidays? Or do you simply want to learn a few phrases in different languages to communicate with new Corkonians? Try online language learning with Mango, free with your library membership.

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Live at the Library with Joe O'Callaghan

See our recent interview with Joe O'Callaghan, lead singer with the Hot Guitars.

Sensory Books and Growing Imaginations project at Bishopstown Library

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Online requests now available

Cork City Libraries would like to inform patrons that it is now possible to request items online via the Libraries Ireland public catalogue. The Libraries Ireland catalogue, (Encore) is at
Use your library barcode and PIN to access your account.


Our New Online Catalogue

Cork City Libraries is part of the national Libraries Ireland catalogue. This means a new look and a new way of doing things for you, our library users!

Free Autumn Lectures

Free Public Lecture Series, Autumn 2017

 Free Public Lecture Series at the City Library

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Library App Back Online

We're glad to say that our library app is back online. Please read the following instructions to get it up and running again on your device.

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Important information for BorrowBox users

If you are using the BorrowBox service to download eBooks and eAudiobooks from Cork City Libraries it is important to make sure that your membership is kept up to date. If your membership expires you will lose access to BorrowBox until it is renewed.

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Growing Imaginations Project Shortlisted for 2016 Chamber Ireland Award

Cork City Libraries / Cork City Council has been shortlisted for the 2016 Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards for the Growing Imaginations project.


Cork City Council Library Development Programme 2015 - 2019

Cork City Council’s development programme for the library service, called Read – Learn – Explore, has been published.

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Dublin Literary Award 2016 winner

The winner of the Dublin Literary Award for 2016 (formerly known as the IMPAC Award) has been announced. The winning novel is Family Life by Akhil Sharma.


New eBook and eAudiobook service

Our eBook and eAudiobook service has changed. 

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Library Membership is now FREE for everyone

Since the beginning of January 2016 membership of Cork City Libraries — or any Irish public library — is free for everyone.


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Hundreds of free online courses

Cork City Libraries in association with Libraries Ireland is pleased to announce the introduction of  Universal Class Library Edition, a powerful new online continuing education service designed specifically for use by the patrons of public libraries.

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Information and Learning Events 2016

‌January 2016 is an exciting time for Information and Learning at Cork City Libraries.


Library Email Newsletter

Subscribe to our email newsletter with Cork City Libraries events, news and competitions!

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Awards for Irish writers

Irish writers have recently won or been shortlisted for major literary awards. Kevin Barry has won the Goldsmiths Prize 2015 for his novel Beatlebone, while Anne Enright and Sara Baume have been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, Enright for her novel The Green Road, and Baume in the Costa First Novel Awards for her book Spill Simmer Falter Wither. All three titles are available in the library. Picture on the left shows Kevin Barry at the Goldsmiths Prize winners' announcement on 11 November.

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Teen Graphic Novel project - submissions invited

Cork City Libraries are now taking submissions for a teen graphic novel to be published by the Library and launched on Teen Day during the World Book Festival, April 2016. Artists must submilt 2-5 pieces of art and writers must submit a short outline of their story ideas. Closing date for submissions, Friday November 27th.


Printing from Mobile Devices at Cork City Libraries

It is now possible to print from a smartphone, or indeed any device which can be accessed using email at Cork City Libraries.



Cork City Libraries now subscribes to the Zinio digital downloadable magazine service 

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Wi-Fi is available throughout our libraries

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout Cork City Libraries.