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Our largest collections of books for home borrowing are held in the Adult Lending department of the Central Library, Grand Parade 

This department also provides a range of audiobooks on CD and tape, and a selection of video DVDs.  Fiction and nonfiction books in this department cater for a wide range of interests.  Our large-print book collections are very popular among readers with sight impairment.  We also have collections of books suitable for readers with literacy problems. 

Renewals:  Do you want to renew an item you have borrowed?  When returning an item you can ask for other items you have borrowed to be renewed.  When not in the library you have the following options:
•  Renew items online through our Catalogue, provided you have collected your four-digit PIN (personal identification number) at any of our libraries.
•  E-mail your Name and 14-digit barcode (and ideally your borrower 5- or 6-digit borrower no. written on your card) with your request to renew your items (no need to list the items) to  
•  Speak directly to a member of staff by telephone at 021 4924909, but please remember that items cannot be renewed by leaving a voicemail message. 

On 9 September 2015, self-service for checking in and checking out books was introduced on the ground floor in the Central Library, with three kiosks in the Lending department for use by that department and the Music department, and one kiosk in the Children's department. With these kiosks, borrowers can control the circulation of books quite independently of staff. This allows staff to devote more time to dealing with your enquiries and with developmental work. 

Opening Hours

Mon.–Sat., 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Transport access:  Many bus routes cross the city centre.

Disk parking governs the limited on-street parking available in the city centre.  On-street designated parking spaces for disabled drivers are available near the Central Library, in Tuckey Street and Grand Parade.  For local high-rise parking facilities, look for blue signs with white letter ‘P’ on map at Cork city parking .

Bookstock: 58,796 items, including books, talking books and films (01 June 2015) 

No. of public-access computers with Internet access in Central Lending department:  13 public internet computers are available to members and non-members, at €1.00 per half-hour session.  Internet bookings can also be made by telephoning 4924909, after 10.00 a.m. 

Adult reading groups: 
The Saturday Bookclub - meets on selected Saturdays of the month at 11.15 am.
LV Book Club — meets at 2.30 p.m. on last Monday of each month

Telephone no. 4924908 / 09

Public floor area:  560 sq. metres

Postal address:  Lending Department, Cork City Libraries, 57 Grand Parade, Cork
Rannóg na nIasachtaí, Leabharlanna Cathrach Chorcaí, 57 Sráid an Chapaill Bhuí, Corcaigh