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Our definition of local studies encompasses all aspects of life in County Cork, past and present. Our collection of books, journals, newspapers and other resources reflects that broad definition.

The Local Studies library answers requests from customers on a daily basis for information on a wide range of topics; via email, phone and in person. We have a range of specialist collections including; encyclopaedias, journals and other reference books. The majority of our users are primarily interested in the local history portion of our collections. However subjects also covered include natural history, social studies, sports and literature.  

Local Studies houses a number of unique collections, including:

  • Cork Collection 

  • Irish Reference Collection  

  • Local history files

  • Family History Collection  

  • Periodical Collection  

  • Newspaper Collection  

  •  Cork Place Names Archive/Cartlann Logainmníochta Chorcaí: an 85 volume collection detailing in-depth the place names of County Cork.  

  • Irish Newspaper Archive – accessed in person in the library

  • FindMyPast.ie – accessed in person in the library

All items are available for viewing by the public. Materials held by the Local Studies library are not available for loan. Please note there may be photocopying restrictions on some material so we would advice customers to bring a digital camera.

The Local Studies library also provides assistance and advice on family history matters; please email us at localstudieslibrary@corkcoco.ie with your query. With advance booking we can assist you with family history when you visit in person. Please phone (021-4546499) or email in advance.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.30pm

Phone: 021-4546499

Email: localstudieslibrary@corkcoco.ie

Cork County Website: www.corkcoco.ie/library

Address: Local Studies Library, Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork, T12K335