Facts and Figures

Facts and figures about Cork City Libraries

Facts and Figures

  • Number of library buildings: 10
  • Library Link van: 1
  • Bookfund 2021: €363,000
  • Total library stock at 9 February 2021: 653,081 items
  • Percentage of City Council budget spent on Libraries book budget 2020:  0.15%
  • City Council per capita budget for book purchase 2021: €1.72
  • Number of visits to Cork City Libraries 2020: 306,929
  • Number of items borrowed from Cork City Libraries 2020: 351,856
  • Number of members at 31 December 2020: 36,885
  • Number of PC sessions booked 2020: 18,322
  • Total number of events in all libraries 2020: 877
  • Number of public-access computer workstations with Internet: 120
  • Amazing staff: 97

Most borrowed items 2020


Darkest Truth by Catherine Kirwan was the most borrowed physical item by patrons of Cork City Libraries in 2020, borrowed 144 times. Billionaire Boy by David Walliams was the most borrowed child title, borrowed 111 times. The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh was the most borrowed ebook, borrowed 282 times. The most borrowed eaudiobook was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Check out the top 100 list for each format here:

Physical items borrowed from our libraries:

Cork_City_Libraries_Most_Borrowed_Items_2020.pdf (size 61.9 KB)

Cork City Libraries Most Borrowed Physical Items 2020.csv (size 7 KB)


Cork City Libraries Most Borrowed eBooks 2020.pdf (size 76.4 KB)

Cork City Libraries Most Borrowed eBooks 2020.csv (size 11.9 KB)


Cork City Libraries Most Borrowed eAudiobooks 2020.pdf (size 78.1 KB)

Cork City Libraries Most Borrowed eAudiobooks 2020.csv (size 12.5 KB)