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Reference & Local Studies

  • Reference & Local Studies

    Reference and Local Studies is a specialist department in the County Library. It answers requests daily for information on a wide range of topics, mainly local studies , genealogy and general reference queries. This department has an extensive collection of specialist reference works, encyclopaedias, almanacs, yearbooks, atlases and other reference tools. It is also the County Library's main repository for local history materials, including books, newspapers and maps. The Reference and Local Studies Department hosts events for Heritage Week and Culture Night and also welcomes group visits. Please check the library website homepage for news on upcoming and recent events.

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    Reference and Local Studies also houses a number of unique collections, as follows:

    * Cork Collection

    * Biography Collection 

    * Official Publications Collection 

    * Irish Reference Collection 

    * Family History Collection 

    * Irish Literature in English Collection 

    * Litríocht Gaeilge 

    * Periodical Collection 

    * Newspaper Collection 

    * Cork Place Names Archive/Cartlann Logainmníochta Chorcaí. This is an 85 volume collection detailing in depth the place names of County Cork, including 28 volumes of transcripts of Ordnance Survey namebooks from pre-famine Irish mapping projects.

    All items are available for viewing by the public. Materials held by the Reference and Local Studies Department are not available for loan.

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