About Us

Cork City Libraries provides a public library service across Cork city. We welcome over 750,000 visitors every year.

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Cork City Libraries is a service of Cork City Council. Cork City Libraries provides a range of library and information services to the people of Cork, and, through our websites, to anyone interested in the history and culture of Cork. The Cork City Libraries network comprises of the City Library, local libraries, a service to housebound persons, and an online presence. We provide books, CDs, DVDs, videos and audiobooks, for use within the library or for home use, and a full range of learning, reference and information services and resources, in particular at the City Library. We also provide computers with fast Internet access throughout our network of libraries, and eBooks and audiobooks downloadable to users’ own devices.

Visitors are welcome to use our facilities free of charge for on-site reading and enquiries. Registered membership entitles members to borrow items (books, CDs, DVDs) for home use. Internet access and Wi-Fi is available. Enquiries can be made in person, by telephone, letter, or email and are welcome from everybody; whether members or not. 

The City Library and Bishopstown Library are open six days per week, Monday to Saturday, and our other local libraries are open Tuesday to Saturday (except for Saturdays of public-holiday weekends).


We provide online access to our catalogue in our libraries or through our websites www.corkcitylibraries.ie and www.corkpastandpresent.ie

All interested persons may browse our catalogue, which includes an in-house index of articles from newspapers and periodicals since the mid-1990s. Library members with PIN numbers can renew items by accessing the online catalogue, and can also place requests for items from the catalogue.

We provide a well-developed and well-regarded Local Studies service, including online at www.corkpastandpresent.ie.