Cork City

Services and Programmes

Encyclopedia Britannica
Encylopedia Britannica - Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and Web sites.

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland - This huge new dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames.
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Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Dictionary of Irish Biography Online - Cork City Libraries provides free in-house access in all of our libraries.

This comprehensive and authoritative biographical dictionary for Ireland contains over 9,000 signed biographical articles which describe and assess the careers of subjects in all fields of endeavour, including politics, law, religion, literature, journalism, architecture, painting, music, the stage, science, medicine, engineering, entertainment and sport.  Updated twice yearly.

Irish Newspaper Archive  is the largest online searchable database of Irish Newspapers showing newspapers in their original format.
This service is free to use on any of our public computers in all our libraries from this link.

Irish Times digital archive -  The archive contains the entire Irish Times from its first edition in 1859 to the present. Search the archive at

JSTOR  —   An online archive of academic journals and other scholarly content. Cork City Libraries provides free in-house access to JSTOR's Ireland Collection, known as Irish Studies.

Free online learning from the OU in Ireland - It doesn’t matter if you’re into art or zoology, or whether you have 5 minutes or 50 hours. A huge range of free online learning to help you explore your passion:

Write On - This is NALA’s interactive web site to help people improve their reading, writing and numbers skills online. The content is pitched at FETAC Level 2 and Level 3. Users can study at the own pace and in their own time to improve their skills or get a national qualification: