1.2 million books were issued in the first nine months of the year in the County libraries which hold membership of just over 50,000 after losing 8,750 members in the boundary extension.
Over 56,000 members attended the county libraries with 890 school visits accounting for 18,302 students.
The library report, issued to Cork County Councillors this week, highlighted a number of projects that are underway including searching for a new location for Kanturk Library as well as rejuvenation of Kinsale, Youghal and Midleton and a new library plans for Bandon.
Upgrade and maintenance work is being carried out at Charleville, Millstreet, Fermoy and Bantry, Carrigaline and Clonakilty.
As well as this, repairs are being carried out on North, East and South mobiles and minor works were done in Cobh, Skibbereen, Schull and Midleton library.
The free instrument loan scheme, which was launched in 2017, is reportedly going well.
From an initial collection of 30 donated instruments, the library’s collection has grown to 70 thanks to grants and recently expanded to 130 instruments. 300 loans have been issued over the past two years.
The libraries also run 42 book clubs county-wide, 28 of which meet in one of the libraries.
In 2019, the council added large print and CD versions of book club titles to facilitate more members.
As well as this LGBTQ+ books are being stocked in recent months.
Since the summer, the County Library service have been featuring a ‘Bookclub of the month’ on Social media and plans for 2020 include linked up with the West Cork Literary Festival and podcasts.
A number of academics and notable literary writers spoke in Bantry library over the past nine months including Historian Diarmaid Ferriter, author Tadhg Coakley and sportswriter Mary White, while Cobh Library hosted a tea party and reenacted historic moments such as Titanic, Easter Rising and Spike Island.