Cork City

Services and Programmes

Help with reading

Adult Education / Literacy

Cork City Libraries have an important role to play in the area of adult education. For adults involved either in self directed learning or in formal classes, the library maintains a growing collection of book-stock, educational videos, microfilm materials and photocopying facilities. In the cultural area, exhibitions, book displays, talks and recitals are a recurring feature of the City Libraries service.

In association with the City of Cork VEC, Basic English classes are held in the Central library on Monday mornings. These include classes specifically aimed at foreign nationals. The full list of classes in Cork for speakers of other languages can be viewed here.The Library also acts as a referral service for literacy organizations. Reading materials suitable for literacy students are available for personal use or for block loans to literacy groups. Literacy students may avail of these services free of charge. Our brochure may be downloaded here.

Computers in the Reference Department, Grand Parade, may be used free of charge to learn online at the NALA WriteOn website  This site allows adults to check their skills and then work on areas that need some learning. Learners can then use this site to apply for a national award at Level 2 or 3.

Read Write  Gold 10 software

Read Write Gold 10 software helps those with Dyslexia, literacy difficulties, visual impairment and those for whom English is not their first language. It is available to use free of charge on  PC no.6 in the Reference Department, Grand Parade.  Download the training guide.

Useful websites


City of Cork Vocational Education Committee