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.
Register online to become a Library Member
To create a temporary library account just fill out the online form. You will get a temporary library number and you can set up a library PIN. With those, you will be able to access the online resources for a limited amount of time.
Don't forget to bring this number and your photo I.D. and proof of address with you when visiting your local library to finish registering. You will then be able to access all that is available at your library.
If you are under 18, you must review the terms and conditions below with your parent or guardian before agreeing to make sure that you or your parent or guardian understand your and their legal obligations. Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s digital content selections.
Please note that the normal age restrictions for accessing content for e-books and e-audio books are not in place for users who have registered during this temporary arrangement.
Joining the Library
It’s very easy to become a member of Cork County Council Library and membership is free! You can visit any of our 25 library locations or our 4 mobile libraries across the county and fill in a registration form. You will need to bring with you photo I.D. and proof of address.
Children and young people under 18 will need to be registered by their parent or guardian who will need to provide photo I.D. and proof of address.
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.
My Account - Extend Loans - Request Items - Reset Pin
You can access your library account, using your library membership number (14 digit number on the back of your library card) and a 4-digit PIN number.
Once signed in, you will be able to renew items you have borrowed unless the item has been reserved by someone else, or it has researched the renewal limit.
Browse the catalogue and request items from public libraries in the Republic of Ireland and choose your preferred library location for the item to be delivered to. (See 'Browse the Catalogue' section below)
You can reset your 4-digit Pin online and you will receive a link to your e-mail address you provided when you joined the library, or you can contact your local branch.
Browse the Catalogue/Request an Item
Browse the catalogue to find a book, whether in your local Cork County Council Library or in another public library in the Republic of Ireland.
If you would like to reserve a title, click on the request button beside the book title. You will need your library membership number (14 digit number on the back of your library card) and 4 digit PIN to place the request. (See ‘My Account’ section above on how reset your PIN if required.)
You can also ask a member of staff at your local library branch during opening hours.
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.
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.
If you are having difficulties with accessing or using the service please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will help you with your query.
The Libby app by OverDrive has over three thousand digital magazine titles available 24/7. It offers the latest and back issues of some of your favourite magazines - with no check out limits and unlimited downloads, you can always have a magazine ready to read.
You can read them online or download to your PC, smartphone or tablet – with changeable print sizes and viewing options, find out below how you can register for this great resource.
To get started with Libby:
Install the Libby app from your device's app store.
Apple App Store
Or, visit LibbyApp.com in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge (Chromium) browser.
In Libby, follow the prompts to find 'Cork County Library' and sign in with a valid library number and 4 digit pin.
New library members can join online now before registering for the Libby App. Alternatively, if required you can reset your pin online.
Browse your library's collection and borrow a title. There are no check out limits and downloads are unlimited.
Your borrowed magazines will be available for 21 days on your account. After this time, you will just need to borrow it again if you need more time to read.
Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf, ready to read. If connected to the wi-fi the title will automatically download, so you can read them when you're offline.
PressReader provides free unlimited online access to thousands of newspapers from around the world including Irish publications such as the Irish Daily Mirror and The RTÉ Guide 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 email@example.com
Cork 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
With Unlimited access via www.irishtimes.com, you can read the daily ePaper, an exact digital replica of the printed newspaper and enjoy unrestricted access to more than 160 years of our archives, including millions of articles published since our first edition on March 29th, 1859.
This database can be accessed at any branch library.
Online 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.
You can watch a video tutorial about how to access Universal Class online courses.
For any support queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*These are non-credit courses.
CHANGES TO YOUR TRANSPARENT LANGUAGE ONLINE ACCESS:
If you are a previous RBdigital user that had accessed Transparent Language Online through RBdigital, you will need to perform a password reset in order to gain access to your account and your learning history.
This is a one-time password reset and when you come back to Transparent Language Online login page, you will be able to access it with your username and new password.
To recover your Transparent Language Online account:
Go to the login screen of your Transparent Language Online account and click ‘Forgot your username or password?’
On the next screen, fill in the username or email field with the email address that was previously associated with your RBdigital account.
If the reCAPTCHA box appears, mark the ‘I’m not a robot’ checkbox. This feature may not appear for all users.
Click ‘Submit’. You will soon receive an email with a link to reset your password.
Online Language Learning
Transparent Language Online will help you learn more than 100 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.
What it offers:
- Over 100 Languages (and Growing!): From Afrikaans to Zulu, the number of languages available is constantly growing.
- Extensive English Collection: With English materials for speakers of over 25 languages, an intermediate-level immersion course, and more, it has the tools for every stage of learning English.
- Alphabet Lessons: If you want to learn to read and write, you need to first know the alphabet. Get started on the right foot with its alphabet course.
- Speaking Practice: It enables classic learning activities like multiple choice and pronunciation practice, allowing you to compare your pronunciation to that of a native speaker.
- Typing Activities: Never typed in a foreign language? No problem! Beginners start with Easy Typing to input foreign characters. Intermediate learners can advance to type with the included fully-mapped native keyboard.
- Grammar: An extensive collection of videos and written explanations covers hundreds of grammar topics, providing learners with a strong foundation to build upon.
- KidSpeak: introduces your children to English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. The program teaches words and phrases suitable for learners’ age, needs, and interests. More than 40 activities, puzzles, and songs guide young learners through the basics, along with a cartoon “friend” who speaks the language.
You can download the Transparent Language App on an IOS device or Android device. Alternatively, you can visit Transparent Language Online via your browser. All you need is your library number and your e-mail address to register.
If you are experiencing technical problems, please e-mail email@example.com.
Helpful guides available are:
Online guide to redirect your account from RBdigital to Transparent Language Online.
Age Friendly Libraries Digital Ambassadors Programme
The Age Friendly Libraries Digital Ambassadors Programme launched by Minister of State, Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler T.D. has now been rolled out in Cork County Council Library and Arts Service.
The scheme, which was developed in partnership between Age Friendly Ireland and Libraries Ireland, aims to support older people in accessing online library resources. Librarians trained as digital ambassadors can deliver remote tutoring sessions online and over the phone to older people to help them join and use the library online. Through these sessions older people will be empowered to avail of the fantastic range of library services.
The scheme will also facilitate older people to participate in other online activities such as classes, meetings and book clubs etc. These days staying connected is vital and as we are all aware isolation is a particular risk for the older population. This programme supports older people to stay connected with their communities in these challenging times.
The 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.
Welcome to Cork County Council Library and Arts Service Podcast page.
Browse and listen to the complete collection of podcasts that include recordings about genealogy, local history, and recommended reads.
Keep an eye on our page as the list is always being added to!
Who else writes like ...?
Who else writes like ...? A readers guide to fiction authors
This resource has been designed to help you find authors similar to those you have previously read and enjoyed.
To access, please login with your library card and choose Cork County Library.
Who next...?A guide to children’s authors
This resource has been designed to suggest other authors which children might enjoy reading similar to ones they may have already read.
To access, please login with your library card and choose Cork County Library.
JSTOR 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.
Ordnance Survey Maps
This 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.
20,000 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.