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Become a Member

  • Membership

    Cork County Library has a combined membership base of nearly 60,000 adults and children and welcomes new members to join our libraries every day.

    To become a member of any of Cork County Library's 28 branches and 4 mobile libraries is very easy. Just call in to your local library and fill in a registration form at the desk. Proof of address and photo ID will be required on first registration. Membership is free for all.
    For children under 18 years of age a guarantor's signature is necessary from a parent or guardian. Internet permission may also be granted.

    Please retain your membership card even after your membership expires, as it will be reused if you choose to renew your membership. Replacement/lost/damaged cards carry a fee of €2, regardless of membership type.

    Membership is subject to the County Library Bye Laws, which can be accessed here.

    Cork County Library is primarily a book lending resource, but we also stock a wide range of other material, such as DVDs, audiobooks, language courses, magazines and newspapers. In addition, our online services now include e-magazines, e-books, e-audiobooks, newspapers, language learning and adult education courses.

    Adults and children can borrow up to six items for two weeks. Senior citizens may borrow up to six items for four weeks. Items may be renewed for a further fortnight, either in person, by phone or online though the Your Borrower Account link on the Library's Homepage. A 4-digit PIN is required to access our account and online services- contact your branch if you do not already have a PIN set up. Patrons will be charged 5 cent per day for overdue items.

    Patrons are required to produce their membership card before borrowing items from the library. They can use this card to borrow from more than one branch, provided they do not exceed their item allowance. Items borrowed from a particular branch library should be returned to that library.

    Cork County Library offers free internet access to its members in each of our 28 branch libraries as well as on our 4 mobile libraries. Advance booking may be advisable. Internet access on the mobile libraries is dependent on the availability of coverage. Wifi is also available in most libraries.

    Any member of the public is welcome to browse the collection of any library, read newspapers and magazines, study, or just relax in a comfortable environment, without any requirement to join. At our Carrigrohane Road branch, you can consult our extensive range of reference, local history and genealogical material in print, online or microfilm form. Charges arise only for photocopying and printouts.

Cork County Library & Arts Service, County Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork.
Phone: 021-4546499 - Email