Mobile Library Service
Serving Rural Communities
The mobile libraries deliver a library service to rural communities that do not have access to our branch library service. The mobile libraries carry a wide range of adult and children's books, along with books on tape, free Internet access and a free request service for books not in stock.
The mobile library brings the local authority service to the heart of the rural community. It is a service that places a high priority on answering the needs of the individual citizen in the rural community.
We read to know that we're not alone.
Marie-Louise O'Donnell used the William Nicholson quotation above to highlight the important social inclusion role of Cork County Council's Mobile Library Service, in a 10+ minute broadcast on Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio 1. The feature, which focused on the East Cork Mobile, gave an overview of the users of the service, the type of books they borrow, how long they've been using the service and how valuable it is to them, comparing it to the Post Office and Rural Transport in terms of its contribution to rural life. An extract from the feature was repeated in Playback on Saturday morning. The North Cork Mobile also featured on TG4s Ar Fud na Tíre in April, telling a similar story through interviews with Mobile Library users and staff.
A link to the Marie-Louise O'Donnell feature is here.
Bookclubs on the Mobile Libraries
Fermoy Mobile Library Book Club
The Con Hartigan Mobile Library Book Club is based in Conna. It is named after a local man who was a wonderful storyteller and singer.
The Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of every month in the canteen of the Community Centre at 8.30pm to discuss the books read over a cup of tea in a very friendly setting.
For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
West Cork Mobile Library Book Club
West Cork Mobile Library Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery at 3pm. For further information please e-mail email@example.com
North Cork Mobile Library Bookclub
Meets monthly in Doneraile. The club consists of members of the mobile library living in the Doneraile area, who discuss a selected title supplied by the mobile library. For further details please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For further details you can also phone 021-4546499 or e-mail email@example.com
A Service for Everyone
The mobile library service has been an integral part of Cork County Council's response to the reading and information needs of the public since the early 1960s. Despite an expanding branch network, the mobile library service still plays a key role in delivering a library service to isolated communities, those with limited access to transport, people with disabilities and young people in rural communities.
A Library on Wheels
We aim to provide as many of the services available in a branch library as possible. We are obviously constrained by limitations of space, but nonetheless carry a wide range of adult fiction to suit all tastes, and information books on popular subjects such as crafts, hobbies, biography, history, and medicine.
Going your Way
Fleet of six mobile libraries, with their drivers.
There is always a comprehensive selection of children's books, from tots to teens. In line with our policy of providing a branch library on wheels, we also provide the following services:
Books on tape.
Free Internet access (subject to satisfactory local signal reception).
Free request service for books not in stock.
The West Cork Mobile have The "Irish Examiner" and "The Southern Star" for viewing
A friendly and helpful staff, who build up a personal relationships with their readers by virtue of regular calls and a relatively small readership.
In cases of necessity (and where it is logistically possible), a house call service for those with special needs.
When and Where?
There are mobile library 'stops' or 'calling points' in every corner of County Cork, from Ballydesmond to Ballymacoda, and from Araglin to Allihies. Usually, we call to each stop fortnightly (on alternate Mondays, for example). In the case of larger population centres, we call weekly. The mobile library stops at each service point for 20 minutes, or longer if the readership justifies a longer stay.If you want to know where the mobile library stops near you, you can phone our enquiries office (021 454 6499) from Monday to Friday, or locate your nearest service point on the alphabetical listing of major stopping points.Remember, we are always eager to meet new readers, young and old. If your exact locality is not included on our list, we would be glad to hear from you. It may be possible to establish a new stop, or direct you to one of our short-stay stops that is not in our alphabetical listing.
How do I Join?
To join, simply come along to the mobile library on the designated day and time. Membership fees for 12 months are as follows:
Adult - €2.50
Child - 50c
Senior citizens - free
Members boarding at Drimoleague
The Elderly: Special Welcome
There has always been a special welcome for the elderly on the mobile libraries. In many cases, a friendly relationship over many years is built up between readers and library staff. To improve our service and access for those with disabilities, all our mobiles are equipped with a handy, easily accessible lift.
Internet and Email
Do you need access to the Internet for email or other purposes? If so, we provide free access at all stopping points where there is adequate signal coverage.
Do you need help or encouragement in accessing or becoming familiar with the Internet? The mobile library staff will be only too pleased to lead you through the procedures and help you to become familiar with this vital information tool.