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

Public Lecture on Michael Collins and his role in the War of Independence

Historian and author Joseph E.A Connell Jnr who has written several books on the Decade...
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Exhibition on the War of Independence and the Civil War

This exhibition of Cork’s unique role in the history of the War of Independence and...
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New podcast

Commercial Directories provide a fascinating insight into the social and business history of Cork. To...
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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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Collections

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

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Podcasts

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

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Genealogy

Discover how we can help you with family history research

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Schools

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.