Bike Week 2020 bling your bike posterCork Bike Week

The Cork Bike Week, why not visit your local library to check out a book about bikes! Books covering a wide range of topics from great cycling routes to bike maintenance to tips on cycling! Or why not check out our bike-related online resources – why not read an e-book on Borrowbox or one of our many bike-related online magazines on RBdigital and Press Reader.

Cork County Council Library is also asking you to “Bling your Bike”, in a colouring competition for children, in conjunction with Cork Sports Partnership, to celebrate this with lots of cycling and bike-related book prizes across two age groups ages 5 -8 years and 9 – 12 years! Forms and details can be found at your local library or can be downloaded from our website.

Cork Bike Week Colouring form 1

Cork Bike Week Colouring form 2  




Culture Night LogoCulture Night at your library

See our Facebook page for full details of :  

  • A Haiku project on Sherkin Island.
  • Learn to sing an Irish song with Máire Ní Chéileachair
  • Re-kindle an interest in classics with Librarian Stephanie
  • ‘Books make things better’ reading campaign
  • Local Studies podcast





Image of Mitchelstown libraryMitchelstown Library to Receive a Face Lift.

During the month of September Mitchelstown Library will receive a facelift with the interior and the exterior of the premises receiving a fresh coat of paint. 
While we will endeavour to keep the disruption to a minimum unfortunately the Library Staff will not be able to offer a full service at this time.

To organise your visit to the library, staff advise that prior to your visit you phone (025) 41939 or email the branch at or check our social media at Facebook or Twitter between the dates of 14th -25th September to determine what services are available.

We apologise for any inconvenience during this time.


Library Development Plan posterCork County Council Library and Arts Development Plan.

Cork County Council Library and Arts Service is currently preparing a Development plan for the years 2020-25, as the Service wishes to establish how it may best serve its community in the coming years. Library Services, nationwide and worldwide have over the past number of years changed and adapted in response to so many outside factors be they be economic, social, technological or indeed more recently worldwide public health factors. The Library Service plans ahead every five years and now is asking the public to have its say!

This plan will inform how the library service will progress and grow over the next 5 years. You are invited to make comments and observations regarding how you would like your Library Service to develop in that time.

You can do this via or by emailing or at your local library or by posting your comments to Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Rd, Cork.

View the Library Development Plan invitation in Arabic, EnglishFrench, Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish.

Closing Date for submissions: 5pm on Friday 25th September 2020.



Online Reguests


Online requests for Items are now available again through the national distribution system!

As before, borrowers have access to over 10 million items such as books, books on CD and DVDs throughout the country. Such items can be requested via the online catalogue using your library card number with your 4 digit pin. If you need to reset your pin you can do so online, by contacting your local library or emailing Once items have been received you will be contacted by your local library and you can then visit them to collect the items. 

Our libraries and mobile libraries are now open again and are welcoming our borrowers back for limited browsing as well as limited computer and printing services. Regular summertime activities such as Summer Stars and the Summer Arts programme are also taking place although in a different format this year.

Check with your local library for further details. 



Cork County Council Library welcomes back borrowers!

From this week our Libraries will gradually begin re-opening while our Mobile libraries will be on the road again. 
As we re-open, the numbers in our libraries will be limited. We would therefore ask you to plan your visit in advance and to limit your browsing time. 
For the foreseeable future, a limited range of services will be offered. Please check with your individual library for details. 
There will be a number of measures in place to ensure your safety therefore we ask that you follow the direction of staff at all times.
Our online services continue to be available.

We look forward to seeing you all again!


Fermoy Library

Fermoy Library - 50 years open today !

Fifty years have passed since Fermoy library moved into a new, purpose built library.

The design, by then County Architect, Mr P. F. McSweeney, was considered unique for its time, based on an ancient ecclesiastical template.

Many changes have happened outside its walls over the years but the library remains the hub of the community. Take time to read the article by the Cork Examiner at the time of its opening, see who was on the guest list and view the picture of the library at the time.




‘Tales from County Cork in the time of the Coronavirus’

Our future generations need you! The unique nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact nationally and internationally is something that future generations will be keenly interested in. Of particular interest will be the impact at a county and community level. 

The Local Studies Library has therefore decided to compile a Covid-19 archive of material titled ‘Tales from County Cork in the time of the Coronavirus’ relating to all aspects of the pandemic, including personal stories, photos and posters from the perspective of children, teenagers and adults.

Forward your material to or drop it in to your local library when it is open and they will ensure that the Local Studies Library receives it and stores it to help record history for your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 



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Build Your Own Library!

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Cork County Council is undertaking a broad range of activities, some of which support the general wellbeing of our communities across the county. As part of this, Cork County Council Library & Arts Service is asking you to Build your own library! 

While you may not be able to come to the library at the moment, why not build your own! The library service is  inviting people of all ages  – to build your own library out of recycled materials that you can find around your home and then to email a photo of your library to us. Photos should include your name and location and can be emailed to These will then appear on our social media pages!

We are looking forward to all your entries! 





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Unlimited free access to Ulverscroft’s uLibrary audiobook service until July 31st

For over 50 years, Ulverscroft have provided books to those that needed them the most. Now during this difficult time, the escapism provided by literature is needed more than ever. Until July 31st Ulverscoft are pleased to announce that they are making uLibrary free to access to all Library Borrowers.

Joining is simple, fill in an online registration form at You will then receive your login details to the email address you provided. Then download uLibrary app and sign in. Enjoy the unlimited free access to audiobooks including 500 of their most popular audiobooks and authors.






National Open DayTake a closer look at your local library on the first ever National Library Open day February 29th. We are issuing a special invitation to everyone in the county to come in and see everything that’s on offer. Library staff will show you how your free library card can provide access to the stock of every library in the country from books, dvds, ebooks to internet access, musical instruments, online courses, talks, exhibitions and lots more.  



Positive Aging Week LogoPositive Ageing Week

Positive Ageing Week, which runs from September 30th to October 6th, is about celebrating the older people in our lives and the contribution they make to our families and our communities. Positive Aging Week is an Age Action initiative and the theme this year is focuses on ‘Ageing in Place’.  This is ‘the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level’. Ageing in Place is not just for ‘older’ people, it’s for all people who want to ensure their quality of life and live it with dignity.

Please download the 'Positive Ageing Week 2019 Event Calender'  to see all the events happening this week in libraries throughout Cork County to celebrate Positive Ageing.





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This festival is a celebration of creativity in older people and is held annually in the month of May.







West Cork Literary FestivalWest Cork Literary Festival 

The West Cork Literary Festival takes place every July in Bantry. The festival is well established in the town and offers a range of readings and workshops given by visiting writers. Public readings take place in Bantry Library during the week for the festival.

For more information about this year's programme go to





Heritage Week 2019 Heritage Week

National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build an appreciation and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.

To keep up to date with Heritage Week Activities throughout the county, full details will be accessible on the County Cork Heritage Week Events Guide. 

Also check with your local library about events during Heritage Week.





Childrens book festivalChildren's Book Festival

Every October we celebrate the Children's Book Festival with a series of workshops, author visits and competitions.

Check at your local library for details of this year's events.











summer reading programmeSummer Reading Programme

Register at your local library to take part in our annual Summer Reading programme and receive your Summer Reading card. This programme is aimed at encouraging children to continue to read throughout the summer months.

For every book you read in July and August, a library reward stamp is added to your Summer Reading card-see how many you can collect!

After the programme, all children who participate will be invited to attend at their local library and will be presented with their award certificate.

book clubBook Clubs

Many of Cork County library branches hold regular adult book clubs. It is always best to check with your local branch as locations and times can vary.
We hold children's book clubs too in selected locations subject to local demand.







writers groupWriters Groups 

Writer's groups are held in selected locations subject to local demand.

Please check with your local library for times.









Ciorcail Cainte Ciorcail Cainte

Ciorcail Cainte is an informal Irish language conversation group. All levels of Irish are catered for, and everyone is given a chance to partake.

Please check with your local library for times.





Gramophone Circles Gramophone Circles

Gramophone Circles are also growing in popularity, with a small but increasing number of groups meeting in libraries to present programmes of music of their own choosing.

Please check with your local library for times.







Knitting & Crochet Groups Knitting & Crochet Groups

There are lots of knitting and crochet groups meeting in Cork County library branches.

Please check with your local library for times.


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