Cork County Library has a wide range of online services and resources, such as online renewals, digitised local history collections, e-books and e-magazines.

My account

If you are not currently a member of the library, you can now become a member at this time by going to the Libraries Ireland website and following the instructions there.

This will enable you to have access to our online services. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at (021) 4546499 or e-mail


You can access your library account here, using your membership barcode and a 4-digit PIN number. If you present your library card at any branch and you will be assigned a PIN.

You can also access your account using the Cork County Library app. Please click the following links for the App Store, or Google Play. From here you can renew your books or request an item.


library appSearch for a book

To find a book, whether in your local Cork County branch, or in another Branch around the country, please click on the link for the Libraries Ireland online catalogue here.

You can also ask a member of staff at your local branch during opening hours.

If you would like to reserve a title, click on the request item button at the details page. You will need your barcode and PIN to place the request. You can also ask a staff member to reserve a title for collection at your chosen library.


Library App

Cork County Library’s App captures a range of e-library functions in one virtual location, enabling easier online access to our service on mobile devices. The app simplifies access to the catalogue, your library account, e-books, e-magazines, digital collections and more.

To download the app, please click here for the App Store, or here for Google Play.



How do I join?

If you are not currently a member of the library, you can now become a member at this time by going to the Libraries Ireland website and following the instructions there.

This will enable you to have access our online services. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at (021) 4546499 or e-mail


It's very easy to become a member of Cork County Library! You can call into any of our branches or mobiles across the county and fill in a registration form. Membership is free for all. You will need to bring with you a proof of address and a Photo ID.

Children and Young People under 18 will need the signature of their parent or guardian before they can join.

Adults and children can borrow up to twelve items for three weeks. You can renew your books for a further period by phone, by online renewal or in person. You can not renew an item that is reserved by someone else, or where its renewal limit has been reached.

While fines are now no longer charged, patrons will receive overdue notices to remind them that their books are overdue. Persistent non returning of items after notices have been sent may result in the temporary removal of library services until the matter is resolved.

There is much more to the Library than discovering the exciting world of books! You can use your library membership to learn a new language, look up old newspapers and access historical collections, as well as browse our extensive catalogue of online books and magazines. Library members are also able to use computers and access the internet in branches across the county.

Please note that membership is subject to the County Library Bye-Laws.

Borrow Box, Ebook and E-Audio Book medley

This service can be accessed here.

Bolinda Digital e-books and e-audiobooks service is live! This service offers both E-Audio and E-Books to all library users and these can be enjoyed either on your PC/laptop via the website link or on your mobile device via the BorrowBox app. For Apple users, visit the iTunes App store and search for BorrowBox. For Android users, visit the Google Play store and search for BorrowBox (one word). For Kindle (Kindle Fire is the only type of Kindle which supports the BorrowBox app) visit the Amazon App store at BorrowBox. Once you have installed the app on your device search for Cork County Library in the 'Library' field provided and then login in the usual way with your library barcode and pin.

A simple user guide is provided here and a list of frequently asked questions and answers to those is provided here

If you are having difficulties with accessing or using the service please contact who will help you with your query.

CZinio Page Logolick here to see RBdigital magazines and create an account.

This online service to library members  offers an interesting range of magazines which can be read online or downloaded to a PC, tablet, iPad, or smartphone.

The RBdigital for libraries App can be downloaded here for iOS devices and here for Android devices. This is a 24/7 online service offering the latest and back issues of some of your favourite magazines with changeable print sizes and viewing options. All you need is your library card. Library staff are not in a position to provide technical support for this service.

If you are experiencing problems with the RBdigital E-Magazine service, please email


irish newspaper archiveCork County Library subscribes to a number of online resources that can be accessed at any of our branch libraries.

Irish Newspaper Archive

Irish Newspaper Archive is the largest digital archive of Irish newspapers in the world, giving access to over 40 titles and millions of newspaper articles spanning 300 years of Irish history. This database can be accessed at any branch library.

Irish Times Digital Archive
The Irish Times digital archive contains exact reproductions of all articles published by the Irish Times from 1859 onward, and is available to access here.


Press Reader LogoPressReader provides free unlimited online access to thousands of newspapers from around the world including Irish publications such as the Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mirror, The Corkman and The Kerryman so you can conveniently stay updated to the national news.

You can also view international newspapers in their local language or translate it to your language of choice. Some back dated issues of certain newspapers can be viewed too.

For ease of viewing, font size can be changed, articles can be opened in text view and if preferred can opt to have it read aloud.

With your library card number you can create an online account from your PC, laptop or tablet. Or download the PressReader App to your smartphone for IOS devices and Android devices and keep updated with the daily news for free.

If you are experiencing problems, please e-mail


e-learning coursesOnline learning with Universal Class.

Knowledge is power, learn something new with Universal Class. It provides over 500 online e-learning courses facilitated by real tutors who will oversee your learning by providing assignments to complete at your own pace. You can also contact the tutor with any queries by e-mail. At the end of the course you will gain a certificate of completion.

It is possible to enroll in up to five courses at a time with access to each 24/7 and have up to six months to finish each course from the time of registering.

Library members with an active library card can access this resource free of charge anywhere by using their library card number when registering.


*These are non-credit courses.

Online Language Learning

Transparent Languages Online LogoTransparent Language Online will help you learn more than 100 foreign languages online with a wide variety of  activities that involve listening, reading, speaking (allowing you to compare your pronunciation to a native speaker)  and writing.

There is also a section to learn English as a foreign language for over 25 native languages.

As a library member you can access this resource by visiting Transparent Language Online and register with  your library card number. If you are already registered for RBDigital to access e-magazines you can use your  existing sign in details and click the EDUCATION tab to access Transparent Language Online.

If you are experiencing problems with Transparent Language Online service, please e-mail


Tlocal studies digital collectionhe Cork local digital collection, which includes previous exhibits, photographic collections, digitised material from our Cork and Irish Collections as well as a selection of local history journals, can be viewed here.

Britannica Online

britannica online

This rich and varied resource caters for 3 different age groups. Please click on the relevant link below to ensure that you access the information that is most suitable to your level of research. This database can be accessed by entering your library card barcode.

JUNIOR (Ages 5-11)

STUDENT (Ages 12-18) 

ADULT (Ages 18+) 




Oxford Art Gallery

oxford art onlineOxford Art Online is an innovative gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location. This database can be accessed by entering your library card barcode.







Oxford Music Online

oxford music onlineOxford Music Online is a gateway that offers users the ability to access the vast resources of Oxford's music reference in one location. The cornerstone of Oxford Music Online, Grove Music Online, has been completely redesigned with a number of functional enhancements and new content. This database can be accessed by entering your library card barcode.








Ordnance Survey Maps

ordnance survey mapsThis resource allows online access to the OSI Historic Map Series, dating from 1829, and is an invaluable resource for those interested in local history. This database can be accessed at any branch library.














JSTORjstor is a not-for-profit digital archive that provides full-text access to scholarly articles from a wide range of academic journals and other trusted sources. This database can be accessed at any branch library.







Historic Graves

historic graves20,000 grave memorial records from 127 historic graveyards were digitally submitted to Cork County Library by the Historic Graves project, funded by Cork LDC’s including South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD). The project provided training by archaeologists from Eachtra Archaeological Projects to more than 420 community volunteers in the recording of historic graveyards, enabling volunteers to photograph and record 27,000 headstone epitaphs all over the county.

This can be viewed here.

Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed on

After clicking the above link type "library" in the search bar to view FAQs relating to Cork County Library.