Cork County Library’s service is delivered through a network of 25 branches and 4 mobile libraries, located across the county. User-friendly, it is there to inform, entertain and educate. The library service provides the community with a comprehensive range of material for information, study and recreation, as well as access to a growing number of online resources.
Library membership is free and open to all.
See the following link for a view of our Branch Library locations and mobile library stops across the County.
Serving Rural Communities
The mobile libraries deliver a library service to rural communities that do not have access to our branch library service.
The mobile libraries carry a wide range of adult and children's books, along with audio books, Internet access and a free request service for books not in stock. The mobile library service has been an integral part of Cork County Council's response to the reading and information needs of the public since the early 1960s.
Despite an expanded branch network, the mobile library service still plays a key role in delivering a library service to isolated communities, those with limited access to transport, people with disabilities and young people. The mobile library brings the local authority service to the heart of the rural community.
See map of our Mobile Libraries Service.
See our Mobile Libraries Calendar.
Contact details for the mobiles are:
Tel: (086) 4603287
Tel: (085) 8518932
Tel: (085) 8518967
West Cork Mobile:
Tel: (086) 8160131
Cork County Council
This statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with this website and associated library services and the Library Management System. Cork County Council is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such.
Cork County Council takes its security responsibilities seriously, employing appropriate physical and technical measures including the use of a Staff Access Control system with audit controls and staff training and awareness. We have internal procedures and computer interfaced protective barriers to keep your information as safe and secure as we possibly can. We cannot, however, guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of any information, whether or not relating to you as the user, passing over the Internet via non-secured email.
Collection of Customer Personal Data
In order for to provide you with the Library Service and a Single Management Library System services we collect and use the data relating to you as a library user. The only information that is collected by us is information which you chose to send us by email, information provided when opting to take out library membership online or information provided when logging on and using our online services. This data is used to manage and administer the library user’s account and for operational reasons and includes:
- your name,
- your address
- your age range
- Email Address
- Mobile number (optional service)
Any personal information volunteered will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003.
We will only share your data with other Irish Local Authority Libraries for the purpose of providing shared library services and a Single Library Management System and with trusted third parties who provide support to us and to the Single Library Management System and process data on our behalf in accordance with appropriate data sharing confidentiality agreements.
We will only contact you if you have indicated that you wish to receive notifications in connection with the use of the service and wish to receive notifications for forthcoming library events.
Right of access, rectification or erasure
If you would like a copy of the details we hold about you, please write to the Data Protection Officer, Cork County Council, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Please enclose the correct fee (€6.35).
You also have the right to correct any errors in the information held about you, block certain uses or object to the processing of your personal data. Such an instruction must be in writing. A request will be dealt with as soon as possible and will not take more than 40 days to process.
Cork County Council is committed to a child-centred approach to our work with children in the delivery of all our services and activities. The Child Safeguarding Statement for Library and Arts Services is available to view.
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 current Library Development Plan is available to view here.
Mr Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, on Thursday 14th June 2018, officially launched the ambitious new five year strategy for Public Libraries in the Lexicon Library, Dún Laoghaire.
Our Public Libraries 2022– Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities is a progressive strategy which aims to improve access, use and visibility of the library as a community hub, and develop the library as a focal point for community and cultural development. Minister Ring highlighted the vision for the Strategy, which was guided by the public consultation process, as one “of public libraries as attractive and welcoming spaces where all members of the community can access knowledge, ideas and information, and where people can reflect, connect and learn”.
Minister Ring continued: “The overall aim is to increase active library membership from 16% of the population to 30% by end-2022. It will focus on removing barriers to access by eliminating fines and other charges, and challenging the belief that the library is only for certain sectors of society.
The Strategy will enhance digital and technology capacity across the library service. “In terms of technology, we aim to develop digital learning centres in all suitable libraries and extend the My Open Library Service to up to 100 libraries by 2023; positioning the public library as an invaluable community resource.” Minister Ring said. Acknowledging the valued role of the librarian in delivering the broad range of services now available, the Minister said “Library staff have been leaders in driving change in our public libraries. I commend your commitment, passion and enthusiasm.” The five year strategy is a joint initiative of the Department of Rural and Community Development, the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA). Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council added “As Chair of the Library Development Committee, which has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of this strategy, I look forward to working in partnership with all local authorities, the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Local Government Management Agency and all stakeholders in its delivery. Over the next five years, I am confident that the measures undertaken with the implementation of the Strategy will deliver an enhanced library service, more integrated, more visible and more accessible in the local community.” Libraries will work with local partners to reach out to those communities that may not consider the library a place for them and increase communities’ awareness and use of services available.
The full strategy is available here agus as Gaeilge anseo.