Events at Cork County Library


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

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Are you looking for a job or a career change? Are you thinking of starting your own business?
The Work Matters service at your library is a perfect place to explore research and learn new skills.
Work Matters is a national initiative and partnership between Cork County Libraries and Libraries Ireland. It is currently available in Library Headquarters, Midleton and Bantry library.


What can you do? 

•    Explore career information
•    Learn about supports available for jobseekers
•    Develop new skills to boost your CV and job application
•    Search and apply for jobs in Ireland and abroad
•    Research companies and potential suppliers
•    Develop new skills to plan, start and grow your own business
•    Research funding sources for small businesses
•    Explore the market and identify potential customers
•    Research your competitors
•    Connect with like-minded people and share experiences

The Work Matters service includes: 

•    A wide variety of books from job seeking to interview skills and psychometric tests, to starting your own business,        entrepreneurship and social media skills 
•    Access to e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and newspapers. For further info: 
•    Chose from 500+ e-learning courses to re-skill, up-skill or broaden your interests
•    Online language learning courses
•    Vision-net business information providing access to company information in Ireland and the UK
•    Designated research and work space with computer access 
•    Wi-Fi and printing facilities 
•    Free access with your library membership. Becoming a library member is easy just click here and fill out the online membership form. Once your membership is processed you can start using the library resources.      
•    Events in the areas of job seeking and entrepreneurship. If you are interested in attending please email to be added to the mailing list.  
•    For further information on Business Supports visit: 
•    For further information on Employment Supports visit: 
•    For examples of a business plan: 
•    For examples of CV writing: 

For recruitment and course advice:

•    Jobs Ireland:
•    Jobs Ireland Candidate Registration Guide 
•    UCC Springboard Course Info: 

MusicPlease contact us on (021) 4546499, or at if you have a musical instrument that you’d be happy to donate to the library.

For more details on borrowing instruments, please check:

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Heritage weekHeritage week runs from the 18th - 26th August. Please see here for the timetable of events.

Dunmanway Events

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. 

Contact (023) 8855411 or find us on Facebook or Twitter (#dunmanwaylibrary) under Cork County Library and Arts Service. 





To mark the 150th anniversary of the Manchester Martyrs the Local Studies Library has compiled the following information posters on the subject. The posters are on display at the County Library on Carrigrohane Road and are available to view online here: 

Manchester Martyr Posters

The current Library Development Plan is available to view here.

Tá an Plean Forbartha Leabharlainne ar fáil anseo.

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Cork County Council

Data Protection 
Privacy Statement

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.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we change our privacy policy, we will post the changes on this page, so you will be aware of the information we collect and how we use it at all times. Continued use of the service will signify that you agree to any such changes.


100 years on: How far have we come?On International Women’s Day, 8th March 2018, Cork County Library hosted a panel discussion to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, looking at the role women play in the modern social and political order, both in Ireland and internationally. The event was well attended with approximately 50 people attending, all very engaged. There were alot of comments/questions from the floor afterwards, all expanding the discussion further and providing really interesting food for thought.
Author Denyse Woods chaired the discussion which, among other topics, looked at the level of engagement of women in traditional politics, in democracy and in the wider social system. The panellists were Fiona Finn, Chief Executive Officer of NASC, Colette Sheridan, Journalist, Rola Abu Zeid-O’Neill, Lecturer in Women’s Studies, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, UCC, and Liz Maddox, Chairperson of the Older People’s Council in County Cork.
This interesting and thought-provoking discussion took place, appropriately, in the Council Chamber at County Hall, and is one of a number of events that Cork County Library is organising during 2018 to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage. The event is sponsored by Creative Ireland.