Council expands successful library delivery service

Mallow Library staff members Micheal O'Flaherty, Anna Kenneally and Clare Fogarty steralising books before packing them into boxes. The boxes are then stored for 72 hours. The boxes of books are then picked up by the mobile library drivers and delivered to the homes of library members all over Cork County. (Picture: Brian Lougheed)

From the onset of the Covid-19 crisis, Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Services has continued to find ways to serve the community in the county, taking a leading role in the community response by providing new and existing members with an innovative Housebound Delivery Service.

The service initially focused on the provision of books and magazines to those within our communities who were required to self-isolate or cocoon, following the introduction of Covid-19 guidelines.

Having recently surpassed 1,000 home deliveries, the service has since been expanded to include musical instruments and the distribution of activity packs for children and their families in Direct Provision.

Containing colouring challenges, puzzle activities, word games and activity sheets, the packs have been delivered to residents in Millstreet, Mallow and Clonakilty, with additional deliveries planned.

Cork Sports Partnership’s activity booklet and Cork County Council’s ‘Colourful Heritage of County Cork’ publication have also been included; providing activities for all ages.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Ian Doyle welcomed the initiative, saying: “Our Libraries are central to the council’s mission of improving quality of life, providing a safe environment for recreation, relaxation and education for all members of the community of County Cork.

“Although the library doors are closed to the public for now, library staff continue to reach out to the community and the success of these services show that they are needed now more than ever. When the struggle with Covid-19 is over, we can look back with pride on the work that has been done to support one another during this time.”

If you, or anyone you know, needs help accessing collection or delivery of food, essential household items, fuel, medication or simply needs some non-emergency/non-medical advice or support, please contact Cork County Council’s Covid-19 Community Call Helpline on the dedicated and confidential free number 1800 805 819 every day from 8am to 8pm or call +353 21 4285517 from outside of Ireland to seek assistance for a relative or friend.

You can also text 085 8709010, email or visit for more information.