Cork City

Services and Programmes

Clubs and Groups 2017 booklet‌‌

Click here for a downloadable brochure of Cork City Libraries clubs and groups

Adult Book Clubs / Reading Groups

Love reading and talking about books?  Why not join one of our library-based Book Clubs and enjoy informative book discussions with like-minded people?  Book Club members usually meet once a month to discuss books and writers, and have the opportunity to attend book launches, author visits and trips to places  of literary interest.
Book Club membership is free, and anybody is welcome to join. 

Central Library, Grand Parade.
T:  021-4924900    E:
The Second Tuesday club meet in the Central Library at 2.00 pm on second Tuesday of each month. 
The Saturday Book club meet on selected Saturdays at 11.15 am. 
The Companions of Cordoba specialise in reading non-fiction. They meet every Saturday 3.30p.m. - 5.00p.m. 

Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork.
T: 021- 4924950   E:
The Lucky Dip Club is a bookclub with a difference! Members chose their own book and chat informally about books and authors. There are opportunities to attend book launches, trips and visits to places of literary interest. This vibrant and active group meets on the first Friday of every month from 11.00-1.00 pm.

Blackpool Library, Redforge Road, Blackpool, Cork
T:.021-4924933 E:
Blackpool Library Book Club meets at 2.00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from September to May, in the community Room on the first floor. New members are always welcome.

Douglas Library, Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork 
T:  021-4924932  E:  
The Douglas Book Club meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 11.00am and currently have 21 members. Usually there is no set book, members discuss what they are reading at the moment. A few times a year they will chose one particular book to read, usually a classic.

Hollyhill Library,  Harbour View Road, Knocknaheeny, Cork T23 N250.
T: 021-4924928  E:
Book club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 10.30 am.

Mayfield Library, Old Youghal Road, Cork
T:  021-4924935  E: 
The Frank O’Connor Library Book Club has been meeting since 1994.  Members meet once a month, September - June to discuss books and writers.  Occasionally the members organize activities and excursions around a literary theme.  The meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 11.00 a.m. Membership is free and new members always welcome.  

Tory Top Library, Ballyphehane, Cork
T:. 021- 4924934  E:
The Book club in Tory Top Library is an active group that also organises trips and lectures for members. New members are welcome. The club meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 11.00a.m.


Irish Language speaking groups: An Ciorcal Comhrá and Club Chúpla Focal

All levels of Irish are catered for, and everyone is given a chance to contribute. As well as providing an opportunity for adults to converse in Irish in an informal manner, these groups often discuss topical subjects and subjects from library books in Irish. Occasionally, authors/poets are invited to read from their own works. CDs and book packs on learning Irish are also available from library stock. The cupán tae agus brioscaí are very popular too!

  • Cúinne na Gaeilge: This friendly informal Irish conversation group meets in Blackpool Library at 11.00a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month from September to May. Fáilte roimh gach éinne.
  • An Ciorcal Comhrá is an informal group for adults that meets for conversational Irish. in Douglas Library at 11.00 a.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. One of the guests volunteers to act as a "Bean/Fear an Tí" to encourage the flow of conversation/comhrá. While about 12 to 15 people attend regularly, new people frequently turn up. Conversations can be quite lively, with the occasional song thrown in!
  • Ciorcal Comhrá meets in Hollyhill Library on the first Tuesday of the month at 10.30 am.

Gramophone Recitals

Gramophone Recitals in the Rory Gallagher Music Library in the Central Library and in Douglas Library entertain audiences with programmes featuring a variety of music, mainly classical and operatic. Each programme is unique, reflecting the choice of the presenter. Admission is free and all are welcome.

  • In Douglas Library, the Gramophone Circle meets on the first and third Friday of each month, at 11.00 a.m.
  • In the Rory Gallagher Music Library, gramophone recitals are held on the last Friday of each month from September until May, beginning at 11.00 a.m.; admission is free and all welcome.
  • In Tory Top Library, the Gramophone Circle meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 11.00 a.m.