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Getting a Library Card


Since the beginning of January 2016 membership of public libraries in Ireland is free to all.

Children
Fill in a Children’s Library registration card, which should include signature of parent or guardian, and present your application at the City Library or in any of our local libraries.  Proof of address in Cork city or county of parent/guardian must be presented when applying for membership.

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Teens / Young Adults 
Fill in a registration card, which should include signature of parent or guardian, and present your application at the City Library or in any of our local libraries.  If you are not upgrading from Children’s membership, proof of address in Cork city or county of parent/guardian must be presented with your application.

Adults
Fill in the membership registration card at any of our libraries, and show proof of address in Cork city or county, such as a utility bill or driver’s license.

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Your Library Card is your key to borrowing from the resources the Library has to offer.

You may use your Library Card to borrow items in any of our seven libraries, to borrow up to ten items — books, CDs, DVDs — at one time, for a period of up to three weeks.Join Now

You may renew an item you have on loan, if it has not been requested by another borrower, as follows:

  • In person at any of our self-service kiosks by selecting ‘My Account’
  • in person at a circulation counter, in libraries that do not yet have self-service kiosks, by presenting your membership card
  • by telephoning between 10.00 a.m. and closing time, calling out your membership number to staff member (not available through leaving message on voicemail), or
  • online, at home or elsewhere, by using the library’s online catalogue, then selecting the 'Borrower Details' tab to enter your membership barcode and PIN (personal identification no.). Members can receive a PIN by showing proof of identity or Library Card at a library circulation desk.

Members with a currently-valid library card can place requests on items which are on loan to other library members. Loan items from any of our libraries can be delivered on request to the local library you use. 

Remember, you can visit and browse through our collections free of charge. You do not need to be a member to make use of many of our resources, such as Local Studies, Learning & Reference resources, newspapers & journals, or to attend talks, readings, classes or other events which take place at Cork City Libraries. 

Library computers for public use can be booked by any member of the public, including non-members of the library. There is a charge of €1 for a 30-minute session on computer provided for public use — except for computers designated for reference use only. Reference-only computers have limited access to websites, such as no access to email accounts.