Events at Cork County Library


On this page you will find regular updates on news and events taking place at Cork County Library.

West Cork Mobile Launch

On Friday 1st September, the Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Declan Hurley, launched Cork County Council’s new mobile library for West Cork, at the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway. The new West Cork Mobile Library will replace the well-known, 14 year old vehicle that has visited nearly every locality in rural West Cork at some point over the years, ensuring continuity of this valuable, socially inclusive service to the people of rural West Cork, from the furthest reaches of the Beara peninsula to east as far as the Galley Head. The new library was built by an Irish company, Cahills of Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, following an open competition for the contract.

The mobile library service has long been an integral part of library service delivery in Cork County Library. Notwithstanding the development of service levels through the branch network, the mobile library continues to play a key role in ensuring that all citizens have access to the library service, irrespective of their location or personal circumstances. Groups which are, and will continue to be, dependent on the mobile library service include those who are geographically isolated, children in rural schools, older members of the community, people with disabilities, the housebound and nursing home residents. As such, it is a vital community service, playing an important role in the early development of literacy skills and continuing to provide access to literature and information to those in their later years, reinforcing that sense of connection with a wider community and a wider network of readers.

The new library will be fully automated using a wireless broadband connection, and readers will be able to use their cards to request books not only from Cork County Library's own collections but also from most other public libraries in the country, thanks to the National Library Management System. A mobile library card will also give readers access online to e-books, e-magazines, language learning courses, newspaper databases and a wide range of further education courses. In addition, internet access will be available on board via a public use iPad, which staff will be happy to demonstrate and/or assist with.

The West Cork Mobile library, which issued nearly 37,000 items in 2016 and has a membership of 1,746, serves a total of 75 stops over a two-week schedule. The schedule varies from time to time as stops are reviewed- full details of the schedule and an interactive route map are accessible at The vibrant mobile library bookclub meets in Rosscarbery once a month to discuss the most recent shared reads. 

In order to generate advance awareness of the new Mobile Library and to stimulate community engagement with the project, a competition was held earlier in the year to design a wraparound for the vehicle. The competition was publicized for the most part in the West Cork area, but was open to entrants from anywhere in the county. A total of 458 entries were received and included many from primary and secondary schools. A selection of the best images have been incorporated into the design, enhancing the sense of public ownership of the service and constituting a visual representation of the core role of the mobile library – a community-based service inspired by the community it serves. The competition winners were presented with prizes at the launch on September 1st.

The new mobile featured on An Nuacht and is available to view here.

Heritage WeekFeatured here are Local Studies Librarians Karen O' Riordan, Kim Smyth and Mary McPhillips.

On August  22nd, the Local Studies library launched its new Local Studies Digital Library, in Bandon library. In conjunction with the launch there was an accompanying talk by local historian, Paddy O’Sullivan, entitled: Thomas Adderley and the golden years of flax in Innishannon. The event was attended by about fifty people. 

On August 23rd, Local Studies staff member and genealogical expert, Karen O’ Riordan, gave a talk on Family History Curiosities: an illustrated talk on the strange and interesting finds in family history research. The talk was very well received and attended by about forty people. 


Summer of Space

 The Space Studies Programme was a major good  news story for Cork  for the Summer of  2017 with CIT hosting a major Space Conference.. .

Cork County Library and Arts service was  delighted to be invited to  partner with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory to bring a wide and hugely varied programme of space related events, "Summer of Space", to branch and mobile libraries in County Cork. This programme was  co funded from the Economic Development fund of Cork County Council and hadsomething to interest all ages.  

County Mayor Cllr Seamus McGrath launched the Summer of Space programme on Wed 31 May in County Library HQ at 12.00 noon.  This hugely enjoyable event brought the promise of a Space Filled fun filled Summer in branch and Mobile libraries. This promise exceeded all expectations with  approx 2,500 people attended events through the summer from Cape  to Mitchelstown , from Youghal to Ballyvourney. 
The Summer Of Space programme included workshops for children in some libraries such as Ballincollig and Macroom,   Adults enjoyed art and photography workshops in branches such as Kanturk and Passage West. Expert speakers in the field of Space such as Dan Tani  anf Chris Welch  addressed  audiences in library HQ and in Youghal, Bandon and Clonakilty libraries.  Heritage and Space was explored in a series of heritage week talks in Dunmanway, and Fermoy libraries. Mitchelstown, Millstreet, Ballyvourney and Glanmire welcomed school groups to STEAM workshops. Library HQ hosted a major exhibition: Ireland in Space through July and August and themes from this exhibition were on view in Charleville and Midleton and Skibbereen. The Observatory's fabulous Stardome was an undisputed success with participants thronging to Bantry, Cobh, Carrigaline and Mallow libraries to experience the amazing opportunity to study the night sky.   The mobile libraries and Blarney, Newmarket, Schull, Castletownbere and Sherkin and Cape Clear Libraries hosted the amazingly successful pop up fun information event and demonstrations.  CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory added a surprise element by escorting renowned Space Journalist Leo Enright to speak in Schull and on both Islands.  Library events throughout the Summer also adopted the Space theme with libraries such as Kinsale hosting space themed story times throughout the summer months. 
The Arts Office joined in the Spirit of Space by organising a number of Space themes art and music workshops.  Coincidently,  or perhaps not, 2017’s Summer Reading Programme was called Summer Stars. 
The Libraries vast range of stock and resources was highlighted through Space related displays of fiction, fact, and Children’s books as well as audio visual and online resources.

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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:

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Denyse Woods


Cork County Library and Arts Service has appointed Denyse Woods as Writer in Residence for 2017.

The principal objective of the programme is to support creative writing activity in local areas, by providing an engagement and interaction with people interested in writing with the local library service as the centre for the programme. She will provide a group workshop and one-to-one sessions with adult writers in five library locations. The designated libraries are Bantry, Charleville, Clonakilty, Cobh and Macroom.

Denyse Woods, who has also written as Denyse Devlin, is a Cork-based novelist and the author of five novels. Her first novel, Overnight to Innsbruck was published by the Lilliput Press in 2002, and four subsequent novels were published by Penguin Ireland, including The Catalpa Tree, a bestseller in Ireland and the U.K. Her sixth novel, Into Temptation, will be launched by Hoopoe Fiction in the US in March 2018, and worldwide the following month. Her work has been translated into six languages.

During her tenure as Writer in Residence, she will run Creative Writing workshops in the appointed libraries during which participants can look forward to exploring their ideas and creativity in a warm and supportive environment. She will focus on the essentials of good writing in order to bring out the very best from each writer. A one-to-one mentoring service – a unique and invaluable feature of the Writer in Residence programme – will give aspiring writers an opportunity to do close readings of their work with Denyse and to take advantage of her editorial and publishing experience. Those involved in the writing programme will also have the opportunity to take part in at least one public reading in their local library and will be encouraged to enter writing competitions, at home and abroad, and to submit work for publication in newspapers, journals and other publications. Above all, Denyse hopes to bring a writing rhythm into the lives of participants and the broader writing community, so that writing becomes part of their routine, ultimately allowing them to finally achieve their literary aspirations, whether in a private or public capacity.

For further information on the residency contact Sinéad Donnelly, County Arts Office
(021) 4346210.

Summer Stars 2017Danielle with her daughter Suzie collecting her Summer Stars prize. Also featured is Eugene, driver of the Kanturk mobile.


This year’s summer reading programme was another great success story with over 6,700 children registering across the 28 branches and 4 mobile libraries.  Participation was even higher than last year and children across Cork County enjoyed filling out their reading cards, recording their progress and collecting their summerstars stamps during July and August.  Of course there was the usual buzz in our libraries when the children turned up at their local Awards Day to collect their reading certificates and share photos online with their friends and family.  Prize winners posed were photos which made for lovely social media sharing; #summerstars2017 was a great way of sharing the fun which was had in local libraries with a national audience.