Lending HQ

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm & 2.00 - 5.30 pm (Closed 1.00 - 2.00 pm)

Closed Mondays of bank holiday weekends.

Closed Saturdays.

Please check in with your local library for updated opening hours and services available.  

The Lending Library at Cork County Library Headquarters is pleased to offer a varied range of books, audio-books, and DVDs for borrowing. It is located on floors 1 and 2 of the County Library Building on Carrigrohane Road (next to the County Hall).


We aim to cater for all ages and tastes. Our children's, teen and young adult and adult fiction and non-fiction collections are regularly updated with new and bestseller titles.

This collection is supplemented by an extensive drama collection and also a choral music collection of printed sheet music.

Internet Access

Free internet access and Wi-Fi is available to members.

A selection of daily and Sunday newspapers are available for reading in the library. Magazines available to read include Hello, Irish Tatler and Woman's Way.


An Adult Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month.

Various activities are held throughout the year, including school group visits, exhibitions, and author visits. The library also participates in the Bealtaine Festival, the Summer Arts Programme and the Children's Books Festival.

Contact Us

Cork County Library & Arts Service,

County Library Building,

Carrigrohane Road,

Co. Cork

T12 K335

Telephone: (021) 4546499

E-mail: corkcountylibrary@corkcoco.ie

Web: www.corkcoco.ie/library


Local Studies and Reference Library 


Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm.

Closed Saturdays.

Closed Mondays of bank holiday weekends.

Reference and Local Studies is a specialist department in the County Library. It answers requests daily for information on a wide range of topics, mainly local history, Genealogy, and general reference queries. This department has an extensive collection of specialist reference works, encyclopedias, almanacs, yearbooks, atlases, and other reference tools. It is also the County Library's main repository for local history materials, including books, newspapers, and maps.

Reference and Local Studies also houses a number of unique collections, as follows:

       Cork Collection

       Official Publications Collection

       Irish Reference Collection

       Biography Collection

       Family History Collection

       Irish Literature in English Collection

       Litríocht Gaeilge

       Periodical Collection

Newspaper Collections

All items are available for viewing by the public. Materials held by the Reference and Local Studies Department are not available for loan.

There are a selection of national and weekly provincial newspapers and magazines available to read in the library

Internet Access

Internet access and Wi-Fi is available to all members.

Contact Us

Telephone: (021) 4546499

E-mail: localstudieslibrary@corkcoco.ie

Web: www.corklocalstudies.ie