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One County, One Book - Two Competitions!!!

All Our Hidden Gifts by Cork-born author Caroline O’Donoghue is Cork County Council Library and Arts Service nominated One County, One Book read for teens and young adults for 2021.  

We will be encouraging young people aged 15 plus in Cork County to read the book and participate in events from September to November 2021.  

As part of the One County, One Book programme we are running art and song-writing competitions that tie in with the themes of the book.  

Details, entry forms and terms and conditions are available on the Young Members section of the website and the closing date for the competitions is November 26th.  


Good luck!


Bandon Competition


Celebrate the upcoming opening of our new Bandon Library!

To celebrate the upcoming opening of our new Bandon Library building, Cork County Council Library & Arts Service would like you to design a library card on the theme of 
'Bandon: My Town, My Library'. The winning designs will feature on limited-edition library cards, available in the new Bandon library at the time of its opening.

There are three categories (Age 8-12, age 13+ and Adult), with one design chosen from each category, so there’s plenty of chances to win! Here is the entry form. Alternatively, you can pick up an entry form from Bandon library, or email

All entries must be returned in person to Bandon library, or else scanned & emailed to, by Tuesday 12th October 2021

Good luck!



Cork Bike Week


Cork Bike Week Colouring Competition!

Cork Bike Week takes place from 12th – 19th September 2021. In tandem with Cork Sports Partnership, Cork County Council Library and Arts Service invites you to take part in a colouring competition to design your own cycling t-shirt.

Categories are between age 5 to 8 years and 9 to 12 years old. There will be lots of prizes to be won! 

Get your colouring form here or from your local library.

Good luck!







Gender Rebels Poster

Cork County Council Library & Arts Service are celebrating Cork Pride!

As part of Cork Pride 2021 we’re launching a pre-recorded talk with Jack Fitzgerald of Gender Rebels Cork on Saturday 24th July.

It’s titled “It’s No Big Deal: A Talk on Gender Identity and Sexuality” and will be available on Cork County Council’s YouTube Channel.

New Gay Literature Collections are available in designated libraries, which is part of our ‘Words Will Change Worlds’ LGBTQIA+ project funded by the LGBTI+ Community Services Fund 2020. 
If you are interested please contact your local library.





Summer Stars

Summer Reading Programme

We are delighted to announce that Cork County Council Library and Arts Service Summer Arts and Summer Stars Reading Programmes will go ahead again from June to August 2021. 

We will be encouraging all children in Cork County to sign up and read and take part in our wonderful series of arts events during the Summer holidays. 

Each child who registers for Summer Stars will receive a Summer Stars bookmark and pencil and a reading card that they fill out as they read books during the Summer. 
A programme of art and craft workshops for children from Cork County Arts office will also be announced very soon. 

We will be celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg a day of creativity for children and young people, on June 12th and will launch our series of Summer Arts activities organised by the Cork County Arts Office so there will be loads going on to keep young children busy during the Summer months!
Basher Bacon will also be with us on YouTube, to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg on June 12th; we are looking forward to a wonderful creative summer!


Bealtine Creative Writing CompetitionTo celebrate Bealtaine - Get Creative!

Bealtaine heralds the beginning of summer and now that you can get out and about maybe you will be inspired to write a dementia-friendly short story for our creative writing competition.

We're looking for short stories of up to 800 words, should be easy to follow with a beginning, middle and an end- and with an uplifting theme! The winning story will receive a €50 euro book-token and there will be two runner-up prizes of a €25 book-token.

The winning stories and a short-list will be included in our collection of dementia-friendly short readings as part of our Age-Friendly Programme.

Stories must be accompanied with an application form and must not be attached to your story. You can request a copy of the application form to be posted to you by contacting Cork County Library H.Q. at (021) 4546499 or email

Post your entry to Cork County Library, Carrigrohane Road, Cork T12K335. Alternatively, email to Closing date is May 28th!



Library Development Plan PhotoLaunch of Cork County Council Library and Arts Service Development Plan 2020 - 2025.

With the launch of the new Library Service Development Plan 2020-2025 Cork County Council Library and Arts Service has laid out its progressive and inclusive strategic plan for the next five years.

Prepared in consultation with library staff and the public, and within the wider context of national and local strategies including the national library strategy Our Public Libraries 2022, the Library Service Development Plan forms the basis of all that the service aspires to be and how it will function in the community.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley welcomed the launch of the new strategy document saying: 

Cork County Council Library service aims to be open, accessible, and welcoming to everyone. This Development Plan sets out how the ambitions of the service and how these goals will be achieved. The library service has proven itself committed, above and beyond, to customer service. This has been especially evident in the past year, where library members remained connected with this service and its community of users through online services and deliveries. Demand for services has remained high, highlighting the importance of libraries to towns and villages. The library service has shown a remarkable ability to adapt to the needs of its members and will continue to do so as it learns and develops alongside the community it serves”.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey, commented, 

Cork County Council’s Library Development Plan is a touchstone document that allows us to gauge the success of the Library in achieving its ambitious aspirations over the coming five years. As evidenced in recent times, our libraries are a continuously evolving service. This plan ensures our continued focus on providing an agile and proactive library service that can respond effectively to any changes that may arise in our operating environment between now and 2025.”

The mission statement of the library service is ‘to empower communities by providing access to resources that educate, inform, enlighten and enrich the lives of their citizens by supporting and promoting literacy and a love of reading and by collecting and preserving resources relating to the cultural heritage of Cork.’ The Development Plan is designed to support this mission in the development of the service over the next five years.

The Library Service Development Plan 2020-2025 is now available.

Tá an Plean Forbartha Leabharlainne ar fáil anseo.


Re-opening poster

Cork County Council Library welcomes back borrowers!

From this week our Libraries are re-opening so you can browse, borrow and return items 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. Check online for a list of library locations and opening times

For the moment there is no access to newspapers, magazines, study spaces, PCs or in person events. 
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.

The online national book request system will return on Monday, May 17th! However, you can still access your library account online.

Our online services, including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers continue to be available. 

Don’t forget, it’s free to join the library, just drop in with your photo I.D. and proof of address. Once joined, your library card entitles you to borrow and return items in any public library in Ireland!

Please check our social media for further updates. 

If you have any queries, please contact your local library or Cork County Library Headquarters on (021) 4546499 or e-mail

We look forward to seeing you all again!



Fermoy Closure Poster



Due to significant works to upgrade Fermoy Library, it will remain closed until further notice. 

Until it re-opens, you can use your library card to borrow and return items at any public library. Check online for a list of library locations and opening times.  

If it is not possible for you to visit a library, you can contact Cork County Library on (021) 4546499 or e-mail and discuss the possibility of getting books delivered to you.

Our online services, including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers continue to be available. 

If you have any queries you can contact a member of Fermoy staff by e-mail at Alternatively, contact Cork County Library Headquarters on (021) 4546499 or e-mail

We apologise for any inconvenience that this causes. 





LGBTQIA+ Book Club from Cork County Library. 

Cork County Library is inviting members of the LGBTQIA+ Community to join its first online LGBTQIA+ book club!
The social and health benefits of being a book club member are numerous and we aim to create a welcoming environment for discussion.

This initiative is part of a Cork County Council Library project entitled “Words Will Change Worlds”. It is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to help increase visibility and awareness of the LGBTQIA+ Community as well as alleviating some of the issues felt, such as social isolation, especially in rural areas.


The books will be LGBTQIA+ themed. The library service will provide the books and facilitate the meetings.

Adults over 18 are welcome to join.
Expressions of interest can be emailed to or Tel. (021) 4546499.

This project is supported by the LGBTI+ Community Services Fund 2020.


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All roads lead to a library!

Our Mobile Library Service is off the road at the moment but read an article recently published in An Leabharlann by the Library Association of Ireland to discover how the mobile library staff still try and meet the reading needs of its borrowers throughout the pandemic. 

Don't forget that while the libraries are closed you can still join online and avail of all the great resources! These include free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and online courses. Never be without something to read! Check out our online services.


Digital ambassador poster


Age Friendly Libraries Digital Ambassadors Programme

The Age Friendly Libraries Digital Ambassadors Programme’ which was launched by Minister of State, Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler T.D. is now being rolled out in Cork County 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. Digital ambassadors will 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 bookclubs etc. These days staying connected is vital and as we are all aware isolation is a particular risk for the older population. This programme will support older people to stay connected with their communities in these challenging times. Libraries are a lifeline in communities across the county and this programme will help to make the service available to as many people as possible.






Cork County Council Library & Arts Service to Mark International Transgender Day of Visibility, on 31st March! 

“At the beginning of coming out, many trans people don't have anything with their name on it. And the first time seeing it printed is a powerful moment.” – Jack Fitzgerald, Gender Rebels Cork. 

Recent LGBTQI+ awareness training by Gay Project and Gender Rebels Cork for Library staff has highlighted the difficulties faced by many transgender and gender diverse people on their transition journey. 
It can be empowering for a transgender person when they are recognised by their true name. However, the legal changing of a person’s name and gender information can be a costly and time-consuming process. 

To celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, the Library Service will offer a change of Library account details service for any transgender or gender diverse person across Cork county waiting to receive, or who has received, their Gender Recognition Certificate. New members are also very welcome to register. 

Dedicated phone lines will be available throughout the day and will be answered by Library staff who have received gender identity awareness training to ensure that callers will be treated with sensitivity. 

Currently Libraries are offering online services only – including eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, and much more! 

“Inclusivity is at the heart of the Cork County Council Library & Arts Service ethos. As part of this ethos, we are delighted to play our part in recognising International Transgender Visibility Day on the 31st of March and supporting the transgender and gender diverse community of Cork county.” - Emer O’Brien, County Librarian. 

Dedicated Library staff will be on hand to take calls on the 31st at the following branches:

 ·Bandon Library (023) 8844830  
· Bantry Library (027) 50460 
· Kinsale Library (021) 4774266 
· Mallow Library (022) 21821  
· Mobile Library Service (086) 4603287 
· Youghal Library (024) 93459 


Cork County Council Library Service Announces Free Literacy Programme for Members.

Cork County Council Library and Arts Service is delighted to introduce NEWSTART, its new Early Years Literacy Programme supporting Numeracy, Literacy and Writing skills. 

NEWSTART is a free programme, supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Dormant Accounts, which offers literacy, practical videos and TCLL (Touch-Written Read and Spelling), an online multi-sensory course that teaches typing, reading and contact spelling at the same time. 
This programme aims to help children & adults with reading, writing, spelling and counting, keyboard skills and literacy issues such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. It would benefit students and adults who experience literacy difficulties, as well as those learning English as a second language (ESL). 

NEWSTART offers users a TTRS Licence which provides step-by-step online tuition with feedback and scores. It can be accessed in school or at privately at home. A NEWSTART booklet is provided to help parents and carers support their child with Numeracy, Literacy and Writing. It is full of valuable advice including book recommendations, story time skills, early reader lists and homework hints. Informational videos from an Occupational Therapist and Dyslexia Tutor provide practical tips and hints. The pack also includes a notepad and pen to encourage doodling and creative writing. 

For more information visit NEWSTART Literacy programme or contact your local Cork County Council Library and Arts Service branch or mobile library



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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