The Voice of Ireland. Who am I? This exhibition runs for the month of May in Skibbereen Library as part of the Bealtaine 2013 celebrations. It was created by users of the Skibbereen Hospital Day care Centre in conjunction with artist Tomasz Madajczak.
- Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00am - 5:30pm
(Closed on Saturdays of bank holiday weekends)
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.
Skibbereen Library also holds a selection of Audio-Described Videos, suitable for the visually impaired.
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. This includes 1 PC with full Assistive Technology to aid people with disabilities. 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
- 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.