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Bishopstown Library opens to the public

Bishopstown Library opens to the public

Bishopstown Library opened to the public on 28 November 2006, and was formally opened on 8 December 2006 by Mr Micheál Martin, TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Cllr Michael Ahern. Other speakers at the official opening were: City Manager Joe Gavin, Director of Service Joe Kennelly, City Librarian Liam Ronayne, President of the Library Association of Ireland Ruth Flanagan, and Tony Keohane, MD of Tesco Ireland who donated the library site to Cork City Council.

Bishopstown Library opens to the public
Mr. Micheál Martin, TD, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment speaking at the official opening of Bishopstown Library, (© Evening Echo)

The building, located in the precinct of Wilton Shopping Centre near the SMA church, provides children’s stock, adult fiction, music recordings and books, Learning and Information resources, public computers, non-fiction stock, and space for group study, and exhibitions and events.

With a floor area in excess of 1,100 sq. metres, Bishopstown Library is the largest of the six local libraries provided by Cork City Libraries. The new Library received generous financial support from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for constructing and equipping the building, with matching funded provided by Cork City Council. The Library is on three floors, two of which are public floors. Further details are available in the Bishopstown Library section.

Online Learning Club

Online Learning Club
Online Learning ClubCork City Libraries initiated a free pilot Online Learning Club during 2006. Initially, beginners were given one-to-one tuition on computer & Internet basics. The second phase provided access to a range of FÁS eCollege programmes free for a six-month period. The selected courses included ECDL, Bookkeeping, and some general courses, e.g., health, hygiene, and safety.

This scheme, in the Central Library and in Tory Top Library, was organized in conjunction with Cork City Council’s ConnectCork.ie initiative.

New website for Cork City Libraries

New website for Cork City Libraries
Cork City Libraries have completely revamped their new website at www.corkcitylibraries.ie. As well as the new clearer and more attractive layout, new content has been drafted throughout. A completely new underlying structure improves linkages between the new web pages. By selecting the ‘Your Libraries’ tab, for example, you are brought to a simplified map of the city highlighting locations of Cork City Libraries, and by clicking on the appropriate link you are immediately brought to the relevant library. We would welcome your comments at citylibraries@corkcity.ie or telephone us at 4924906.

New website for Cork City Libraries

Examining their newly launched www.corkcitylibraries.ie website – seated Kieran Burke (Executive Librarian, Local Studies), Paul O'Regan (eLibraries), standing: Al Devine (IS Department, Cork City Council), John Mullins (Senior Executive Librarian, eLibraries), Liam Ronayne (Cork City Librarian).

Cork City Libraries now host two websites, its general website at www.corkcitylibraries.ie and its very popular local studies service at www.corkpastandpresent.ie. The City Council IS Department played a key role in supporting the development of these two sites, which were drafted by the eLibrary Services of Cork City Libraries.

Adult Education Exhibition Award

Adult Education Exhibition Award
Cork City Libraries received an award for the best Statutory stand at the annual Adult Education Exhibition in City Hall, which ran on the evenings of 6 - 8 September 2006. Very positive feedback was received from the public for the services of Cork City Libraries, in particular for the Local Studies services and the www.corkpastandpresent.ie website.

Adult Education Exhibition Award

Picture shows Caroline Long-Nolan (on left) receiving the award on behalf of Cork City Libraries from Eva O'Connell, President of Cork Adult Education Council, with Máire Martin from the Cork Adult Education Council.