Events at Cork County Library


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

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

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. 


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