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The evolution of the public library service in rebel Cork

Helen McGonagle
Cork City Libraries

This project charts the evolution of the public library service in Cork city from its origins in rented space in the city's art school in 1892, the development of the beautiful Carnegie Library which opened in 1905, its destruction by fire during the burning of the city in 1920, the rebuilding and restocking project of the 1920s and finally the expansion of the service into the citywide cultural and learning network it is today. The project will explore the importance of the public library to the citizens of Cork using archive material such as annual reports, building plans, photographs and accession books. Project organisers Cork City Libraries hope to involve current staff, retired staff, library members, in particular those elderly members who have been members since childhood in this project. Exhibition boards telling the library service's story will be printed and displayed according to public health guidelines. The exhibition will also be available online.

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