Cork City

Services and Programmes


‌Film in the library

In addition to books and music, Cork City Libraries offer a comprehensive collection of film on DVD. The Hollywood classics are well represented as are the popular movies of recent years, and the collection includes a range of independent films and world-cinema titles. Currently there are more than 3,000 films in the collection, with multiple copies of some of the more popular titles. And if there is anything you’d like to see in stock which you cannot find on the catalogue, please suggest it as an addition to stock.

We also hold a range of non-fiction films and documentaries covering subjects such as wildlife and nature, history, travel, keep-fit, literature, and filmed stage productions. The Rory Gallagher Music Library has a collection of operas, Broadway musical productions, and rock, pop, and folk concerts on DVD.

Movies for all

The same lending rules apply in film as for all our stock: Members of the library can borrow up to twelve items at a time, any or all of which can be films. The loan period is three weeks. Reflecting the decisions of the Irish Film Classification Office some of our film holdings are restricted to borrowers over 18. And don't forget that public libraries in the Republic now operate on a nation-wide basis, so when checking the national catalogue, Encore, if an item is held by a library authority other than Cork City Libraries, you may request it to be sent to Cork for pickup, free of charge.

A City of Films

Going to the cinema is as popular as ever in Cork though the venues have changed over the years. A number of commercial cinemas operate in the city centre, suburbs, and satellite towns, while lovers of art-house movies and world cinema are catered for at Triskel Christchurch on Tobin Street. The Cork Cine Club, operating out of Saint John’s Central College, Sawmill Street, is another option. Season 20 runs until April 11th 2019, on Thursday nights. The Cork Film Festival has been running annually since 1956, and the 2019 event will run from November 7th to November 17th. Its programme includes feature films, shorts, and documentaries from Ireland and around the world - films are shown at The Everyman Theatre, Triskel Christchurch, and the Gate Cinema. 

IndieCork is another film event, celebrating independent film and emerging filmmakers, and it is due to take place in October 2019. The 29th Cork French Film Festival ran from March 3rd to March 10th 2019. The Fastnet Film Festival takes place each summer in Schull in West Cork.

Films recently added to stock (March 2019):

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Cold War  Hereditary    The Bookshop    First man   ‌

The Escape / directed by Dominic Savage (2017)
Hereditary / directed by Ari Aster (2018)
Ice and the Sky (documentary) / directed by Luc Jacquet (2015)
Autumn Almanac = Almanac of Fall / directed by Bela Tarr (1984)
The Guardians / directed by Xavier Beauvois (2017)
Searching / directed by Aneesh Chaganty (2018)
Cold War / directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (2018)
The Bookshop / directed by Isabel Coixet (2018)
Son of Babylon / directed by Mohamed Al-Daradji (2010)
You Were Never Really Here / directed by Lynne Ramsey (2017)
Germany, Pale Mother / directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms (1980)
Rosa Luxemburg / directed by Margarethe von Trotta (1986)
First Man / directed by Damien Chazelle (2018)
Mouchette / directed by Robert Bresson (1967)
The King's Choice / directed by Eric Poppe (2016)
Silence and Cry / directed by Miklos Jancso (1968)