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  • Skibbereen Library





    Skibbereen Library 



    Opening Hours

    • Tuesday to Saturday - 9.30am - 5:30pm
    • Closed on Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends
    • Closed Mondays.


    Skibbereen Library offers a wide range of books for lending to adults and children, including large print books, books on tape and CDs. The library also holds a DVD collection which includes film and documentary titles for adults and children. A selection of general reference books is also held, such as encyclopaedias and dictionaries.



    The following current newspapers are available for viewing in the library: the Irish Examiner, the Irish Independent,  the Irish Times, the Farmer's Journal, and the Southern Star.






    Internet access is available on 3 PCs. Advance booking for this service is advisable.

    A valid library card must be presented for Internet access.


    Skibbereen Library also holds a complete hardcopy set of 1842 Ordnance Survey maps for the entire Cork County area.

    Online Services available:

    • Oxford Art Online
    • Oxford Music Online
    • Irish Times Digital Archive
    • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB)
    • Ordnance Survey Historical Maps
    • LexisNexis - newspapers, journals and periodicals online
    • JSTOR
    • Lifesteps
    • Vision-Net - business information database

    There are also online resources for young people e.g.

    • Brittanica Junior (5-11)
    • Brittanica Student (12-18)
    • Skool etc.



    •  Two Adult Reading Groups meet twice a month, generally on a Thursday.
    • A Creative Writing Group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month.
    • A Knitting Group called Knitwits meet at 11.00am each Wednesday.
    • Local artists sometimes exhibit their work at the library
    • Skibbereen Library holds a number of events during the year, and is involved in local and national festivals:
    • St. Brigid's Festival
    • Library Ireland Week
    • Seachtain na Gaeilge
    • Bealtaine Festival
    • Summer Arts Programme
    • A Taste of West Cork food festival
    • Children's Book Festival
    • Skibbereen's Winter Wonderland

    For information about up-coming events please contact the library.

    Events are also advertised in the Seen and Heard section of the Southern Star newspaper.





    We also have a small selection of magazines e.g. Woman's way, Hello, The Phoenix, National Geographic, Which, Consumer Choice and Irish Arts.


Contact Us

  • Skibbereen Library,
    North Street,
    Co Cork.  P81 PW10
    Tel: 028-22400

    Directions: From Cork, take the N71 via Bandon, Clonakilty and Leap. At the entry roundabout to Skibbereen, take the first left for the town centre. The Library is situated on the right of North Street just after the Church Car Park, across the road from the Sutherland Centre.

    From Baltimore, take the first left for the town centre at the Castletownsend roundabout. Follow the one way system up Townsend Street. Turn right onto Main Street. Turn left at the square for North Street. The Library is situated on the left at the end of North Street opposite the West Cork Arts Centre.

    The nearest parking is in the Church Car Park directly opposite the Cathedral.

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