Doorstep deliveries as library service adapts

Cork Co. Council Mobile Library driver Eugene Bradley delivering boxes of books to the homes of library members. Normally Eugene drives one of Council's mobile library units and parks up in various towns around North and West Cork. Cork County Council is now offering a free home delivery where Eugene greets his clients and has a little chat with them and keeps a watchful eye on them. Eugene is seen here delivering a box of books to husband and wife, Mary Anne  and Pat O'Brien from Knockardbane, Lilscarroll. (Picture: Brian Lougheed)

Cork County Council’s Library Service has begun delivering books directly to the doorsteps of some of its vulnerable members who are isolating during Covid-19.

From Kilworth to Kilcrohane and everywhere in between, those who ordinarily enjoy regular visits to their local library can still count on having something new to read during these difficult times.

Within its first week of operation, Council staff delivered over 200 boxes of books directly to library borrowers’ homes across the length and breadth of Cork County. 

Cork County Council’s library staff are highly customer focused and having built relationships over many years are placed in a unique position to gain a genuine understanding of their borrowers’ reading tastes, likes and dislikes.

Initiating the service, staff put this knowledge to good use making contact with regular and now housebound borrowers, to compile a list of those interested in a delivery of books to their home.

Stringent health and safety measures were put in place, before the first deliveries were completed in Bantry and Passage West on Friday, 27th March.

Five library drivers now work daily on the service, collecting boxes from the local library, before delivering them directly to homes across the County.

If you are interested in finding out more about the service, please contact your local library or Cork County Library Headquarters on 021-4546499.

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 everyday from 8.00am to 8.00pm 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.