Cork County Council’s Library services available online

Despite the closure of the library buildings, the good news is that a number of library services are still available via Cork County Council’s website. Whether it’s reading a book, keeping up to date with the news, taking the time to learn a language or doing a course online, there is a wide range of FREE online services to accessible to all library members.

For those not already joined with their local library, it is now possible to set up a temporary library card number to avail of these online services. Visit the library page on Cork County Council’s website at and simply following the instructions.

Services available include E-Books and E-Audiobooks (Borrowbox), E- Magazines (RBDigital), E-newspapers  (Press Reader), E-Learning Courses  (Universal Class) and E-Languages  (Transparent Language Online).

Local Studies Digital Collections are also available, allowing Library Members to learn about their local area or investigate their genealogy. The Cork Local Studies Digital Collection, which includes previous exhibits, photographic collections and digitised material from Cork and Irish Collections as well as a selection of local history journals, can be viewed at Cork County Council Local Studies library staff are available to answer queries by email to or call 021 4546499.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Ian Doyle said

“Social distancing requires us to spend a lot of time indoors. This will be a difficult time for many people of all ages. Thankfully, our library services continue to deliver outstanding free services that have never been more important. These services will help us to keep informed with reliable information, expand our horizons from home with access to many books and courses and keep us together as a community, even with the physical distance between us. I encourage everyone to avail of these excellent services during this time”.

Cork County Council Library Services have extended any memberships due to lapse to until 20th June 2020 and have extended the loan period of items checked out. While it is not possible to reserve an item at this time, members can check their accounts online.

For further information contact Cork County Council Libraries on 021 4546499 or email

WCP Staff

WCP Staff Writer

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