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  • Cork County Library Headquarters



    Cork County Library HQ

    Reference and Local Studies Library 

    Opening Hours

    • Monday to Friday - 9:00am - 5:30pm. 
    • Closed on Mondays of bank holiday weekends.

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    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 history, 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.


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

    •        Cork Collection
    •        Official Publications Collection
    •        Irish Reference Collection
    •        Biography Collection
    •        Family History Collection
    •        Irish Literature in English Collection
    •        Litr√≠ocht Gaeilge
    •        Periodical Collection
    •        Newspaper Collection


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


    Newspapers and Periodicals

    The following newspapers and periodicals are available for viewing in the library: The Irish Examiner, the Irish Times, the Evening Echo, the Cork Independent, Saol, the Southern Star, the Sunday Times, the Sunday Tribune, the Vale Star, An Cosantoir, Comhar, Consumer Choice, Irish Tatler, Newsweek, Technology Ireland, Treoir, and Woman's Way.



    Telephone: 00353 (0) 21 4546499


    Lending Library, Cork County Library HQ


    Opening Hours

    Monday to Friday - 9:00am - 5:30pm.

    Closed on Mondays of bank holiday weekends.

    The Lending Library at Cork County Library Headquarters is pleased to offer a varied range of books, audio-books and DVDs for borrowing. It is located on floors 1 and 2 of the County Library Building on Carrigrohane Road (next to the County Hall).

    We aim to cater for all ages and tastes. Our children's, teen and young adult and adult fiction and non-fiction collections are regularly updated with new and bestseller titles.

    This collection is supplemented by an extensive drama collection and also a choral music collection of printed sheet music.

    Free internet access is available to members.

    A selection of daily and Sunday newspapers is available for reading in the library. Magazines available to read include Hello, Irish Tatler and Woman's Way.

    An Adult Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month.

    Various activities are held throughout the year, including school group visits, exhibitions and author visits. The library also participates in the Bealtaine Festival, the Summer Arts Programme and the Children's Books Festival.

    Please feel free to contact us with any queries.

    Telephone: 021 4546499

Contact Us

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