Cork County Library Local Studies

Preserving all aspects of life in County Cork, past and present

We have an extensive collection of specialist reference works, newspapers, periodicals and historical journals. Local Studies also houses important collections including the Cork Place Names Archive and the Cork and Irish Collections. We also provide advice and assistance on family history matters.

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Visit the 1940's top tourist destinations

The Irish Tourist Association Topographical and General Survey Files were compiled by the Irish Tourist Association, the forerunner to An Bord Fáilte (now known as Fáilte Ireland). These surveys were carried out in the 1940s and they cover over 90 parishes across the county from Adrigole to Youghal.

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Recent News

Local Studies Exhibition: A Selection of Travellers’ Accounts from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries

Many foreign travellers wrote an account of their travels in Ireland in the late eighteenth,...
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125th Anniversary of Cork County Council

As part of the 125th anniversary of Cork County Council, you can visit the Local...
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Public History Lecture

Historian and author, Joseph EA Connell Jnr, will be give a talk on various aspects...
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Local Studies Digital Archive

Our Local Studies Digital Archive is a large repository that explores the fascinating history and heritage of the county. The digital archive consists of items such as photographs, postcards, maps, pamphlets and notebooks.

Our vision is to bring resources relating to the history of Cork to a wide audience, by making these resources easily accessible online.  The digital archive is constantly growing and expanding as new material is digitised.

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Explore our photographic collections, postcards, journals, library exhibitions and more.

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We are continually adding to our podcast series, which explore the history, traditions and folklore of County Cork.

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Discover how we can help you with family history research

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Learn about our resources and how they can help you with your history project.

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You're welcome to call on us

The Local Studies Library is open for everyone: historians, students, and general members of the public. If you have a query regarding local history or family history, please visit us.

In addition, you can always contact us with any queries you may have.