It's very easy to become a member of Cork County Library! You can call into any of our 28 branches across the county and fill in a registration form. Membership is free for all.
You will need to bring with you a proof of address and a Photo ID.
Children and Young People under 18 will need the signature of their parent or guardian before they can join.
There is much more to the Library than discovering the exciting world of books! You can use your library membership to learn a new language, look up old newspapers and access historical collections, as well as browse our extensive catalogue of online books and magazines.
Library members are also able to use computers and access the internet in branches across the county.
Please note that membership is subject to the County Library By-Laws.
Adults and children can borrow up to twelve items for three weeks.
Present your library card at any branch and you will be assigned a PIN. It is important that you attend in person so that your identity can be verified. This is to prevent unauthorised people from gaining access to your personal record.
You can request/reset a pin online on the Libraries Ireland site, if you have supplied an email address
You can renew your books for a further period by phone, by online renewal or in person, provided they are not requested by another borrower. To renew items over the phone, please give your barcode number. Online renewals will require both barcode and PIN. In branch, just present your card.
You can not renew an item that is reserved by someone else, or where its renewal limit has been reached.
Search for the book you wish to reserve on the online catalogue and when you find it, click on the request item button at the details page. You will need your barcode and PIN to place the request. You can also ask a staff member to reserve a title for collection at your chosen library.
Yes, Cork County Library has an app that allows you to access a large number of our services all in the one place, via your smartphone or tablet. Please click here for the App Store, or here for Google Play.
You can click on the link appropriate to your device, either iOS or Android to download the app to use this service.
On the app you can access most buttons without a login, allowing you to search the library catalogue, view library locations and contacts, library online resources, library social media feeds, e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines. To access these e-resources and your library record of loans and reservations, you need to login with your library barcode and pin.
The borrower is responsible for the payment for a lost or damaged item. In the case of a child, the parent or guardian is responsible.
Patrons will be charged 5c per day for overdue items.
Report the loss of your card to your local branch. When you call into your local library, we can issue you with a new card which will cost €2.
Each of Cork County Library's branch libraries provides free Internet access to library members. Advance booking is recommended for this service. Contact your local branch library to book time on the Internet. Please read the Internet Use Policy before using our internet facilities.
The Cork County Library newspaper archive is located in the Reference and Local Studies Library on Floor 2 of the County Library Building on Carrigrohane Road. The bulk of the collection is stored on microfilm. To access items held on microfilm, it is advisable to pre-book a microfilm reader. Cork County Library also subscribes to Irish Newspaper Archive, an online resource that gives full text access to a wide range of regional newspapers dating back decades. This is accessible at all library branches via the public PCs.
With advanced booking on 021 4285640, we can assist you with your research when you come to use the family history resources. Also please check our booklet Walking in the Footsteps of your Ancestors, which provides a very useful introduction to researching family history.
Most libraries have book clubs and many also have other groups, such as writers' groups, knitting/crochet groups, ciorcail cainte and gramophone circles. Meeting dates and times vary from branch to branch. Please check with your local branch for details.
The LHQ gallery in Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road is available to artists and community groups and others to exhibit works and projects.
Full details of how and when to apply for an opportunity to exhibit in this space are available here.
Cork County Library's Bye Laws are available to read here.
Cork County Library's Collection Policy is available to read here.
Cork County Library's Internet Use Policy is available to read here.
Cork County Library's Development Plan is available to read here.
Cork County Library's Development Plan as Gaeilge is available to read here.
Cork County Library Musical Instrument Policy is available to read here.