Dunmanway Library is celebrating a very special birthday this year. It has clocked up 21 years of service in its current location in the town’s main Square. The library- one of Cork County Library’s 28 branches throughout the county is home to a vibrant collection of books, computer services, regular events such as knitting groups and various other services. Most importantly, it is an integral part of the town and community of Dunmanway where young and old are welcome to spend time. It is very much a shared community space where exhibitions and window displays for clubs, schools, and groups are regularly displayed.
When the library opened in 1997, it boasted no computers, indeed books were issued with a ticket system and every book and readers ticket was filed by hand. The Internet was in its infancy so encyclopedias and phone books were regularly consulted for information rather than “Googled”. It had one staff member and only opened to the public in the afternoons. Library membership cost the huge sum of £2. Since then the demand for the service means that it has grown and is open 5 days a week from 9.30 -5.30 and library membership is now free. Three full time staff look after the customers and there’s a much wider range of services on offer. Free wifi and online services are available (Your library online is available 24 hrs a day!) but traditional events like class visits and storytimes happen regularly too. Recently, a new series of talks under the umbrella of Healthy Ireland have been held in the library on topics such as Mindfulness and Wellbeing, and more are sure to follow throughout the year. These are complemented by a new book collection of the same name which has dozens of new books available to borrow. This in conjunction with the “Your Good Self” series makes Dunmanway Library a truly health promoting service.
Tuesday-Saturday - 9.30am - 5:30pm.
Closed on Saturdays of bank holiday weekends.
Closed on Mondays.
Dunmanway Library offers a wide range of books for adults, children and teenagers, including audio books on both CD and cassette and Large print books. A selection of general reference books is also held.
The following newspapers are available for reading in the library: The Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent and the Southern Star.
A selection of magazines are available e.g. Woman's Way, Hello, The Opinion.
Internet Access is available on 2 PCs. Advance booking for this service is advisable. Wi-Fi is also available - you can use your own Internet enabled device in the library. To avail of library Internet access a valid library card is required.
Valuable Internet resources available include Irish Newspaper Archive, Britannica Online, JSTOR, Oxford Art Online and Oxford Music Online, Historic Graves, E-magazines, E-Books and E-Audio books and free access to online courses.
Selected Cork County Council information and publications are available to view in the library and online, including the Dunmanway Integrated Development Strategy.
Knit and Natter, a weekly knitting and crochet group, meet every Friday morning from 10am to 12 noon during term time. New members are always welcome. Contact the library for details.
Dunmanway Library regularly hosts displays and exhibitions for a variety of different groups including schools, artists and community groups. The library's large shop-front style windows make a great focal point for all exhibits and have a very prominent position on the town's main square. Enquiries about displays and exhibitions can be made to the library staff.
Regular festivals are held throughout the year in conjunction with the County Arts office:
Feile Bride in February
Library Ireland Week and Seachtain na Gaeilge in March
Summer Arts in July and August
Children's book Festival in October.
Please contact the library for details of any upcoming events and activities.
Tel: 023 88 55411
Directions to the Library: Dunmanway Library is located in the town's main square- Market Square. It is on the left hand side of the square if you are approaching from the Cork City/Bandon direction. The library is located between Crowley's Pharmacy and The Shamrock Bar. There is free car parking available all around the Main Square area, including wheelchair accessible spaces, but there is a 2 hr limit.