Books and Reading

We support books and reading through our book collections, book clubs, events and festivals.

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At Cork City Libraries we have books for adults, children and young people - classics, bestsellers, biographies, travel, foreign language, literacy, sport, history and much more. We also have large print books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, DVDs and CDs. With over 500,000 items in stock to choose from, you are sure to find a book to suit you.  And with the national catalogue and delivery service you have access to 12 million items! Enjoy a quiet reading space in any of our local libraries, relax with a good book in the comfort of your own home or explore our many eBooks that are available online.

We also support books and reading through our many book clubs and various events throughout the year such as: World Book Festival, One City One Book and author visits. Please visit our What's On section to find out about events, programmes and festivals in your library.

View our range of books, CDs, DVDs here at the Library Catalogue

To keep up to date with new additions to stock and recommended reading lists, visit our Love Reading Cork page on Flickr. New books and booklists are also highlighted on our Facebook page. For occasional articles on literature and recommended reading, visit our Library Blog.

Toy Library

Visit your local library to find a range of jigsaws, board games and story sacks available to borrow.

Sensory Books in a Bag

Visit our Growing Imaginations page to find out about our Sensory Books in a Bag available to borrow.


Cork City Libraries has a collection of Zoom H5 audio recorders and GoPro cameras available to borrow by community groups. We also have a Laptop Lending project to support schools. To enquire about borrowing these devices, email

Stock Donations 

Thank you for thinking of us! Please note that we are not accepting casual donations during the covid-19 pandemic.

If you are considering donating a collection or making a bequest, first please consult section 6 of our Collections Development Policy, link below. If your collection meets our criteria, you can make contact at and a member of staff will be in touch.

Expressions of concern

Cork City Libraries aspire to hold a balanced collection available to all. We subscribe to the principles in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom. Cork City Libraries have a collection that exceeds 600,000 items, therefore it is not possible or feasible that staff read, watch, or listen to every item before purchase. Our staff select material according to the criteria listed in section 4 of our Collection Development Policy 

A City Reading A Collections Development Policy for Cork City Libraries.pdf (size 6.3 MB)

If you are concerned about an item held by Cork City Libraries, you can:

  • email
  • write to Collection Review, Cork City Libraries, 57-61 Grand Parade, Cork T12 NT99.

Please make sure to include the title and author, and include the year, edition number and ISBN if there is more than one edition of the title. Please outline your concern, giving page references to help us in our review.

A member of staff will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your email or letter. We may ask you for further information, and we will explain what will happen next. To ensure a fair process, reviewing the complaint is likely to take time. Every person has the right to question library resources and your concerns will be taken seriously. We promise to deal with you respectfully and confidentially. We expect complaints or expressions of concern to respect library staff as set out in the Cork City Council Code of Conduct.