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CIT Libraries (direct link to website: provide essential services to the students and staff at Cork Institute of Technology. We have four constituent libraries, encompassing the main library on Bishopstown campus, the libraries at the Crawford College of Art & Design (CCAD), the Cork School of Music (CSM) and the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI).

Our three main academic resources comprise:

  • about 92,000 items in printed and audiovisual formats, and a collection of print journals
  • over 25,000 peer reviewed full-text academic journals and 12,000 periodicals online through our website
  • over 80,000 ebooks which can be read online or downloaded from our website

The main library at the Bishopstown Campus is housed in the purpose-built Library/Information Technology building. In 2003 this building was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, presented by the President of Ireland, Mrs. Mary McAleese, as the best new building completed in Ireland in the three year period 1995-1997.

Library Services

All of CIT’s constituent libraries offer a focused information service to staff and students of CIT and to external fee paying clients. Our highly qualified and experienced staff provide detailed advice and assistance to clients and we also give support through our website and online help desk (via email:

We have over 500 study spaces in our Bishopstown campus library, which also provides wifi access, computers, printers and photocopiers for staff and student use. We have two very modern libraries built in recent years in CSM and NMCI and our CCAD library has an extensive collection of art-related material on its shelves.

Our wide-ranging print book collections are tailored for current and upcoming courses and modules in all four campuses, and are easily searchable with our highly developed online catalogue in the Millennium library system.

We provide access to a large online journal database portfolio including such prestigious products as ScienceDirect, IHS, Ebsco-Host, Wilson Web, Emerald Insight, IEEE, ACM, JSTOR, ARTSTOR, Bridgeman among others. All of these can be accessed via the library website on and off campus.

More recently we have mainstreamed two e-book services, Ebrary Collection and DawsonEra Collection into our portfolio of academic resources. Ebrary, in particular, is noted as a service providing free access for staff and students to online books across all disciplines. DawsonEra provides full text online versions of key specific individual ebooks as recommended by lecturers and represents a real alternative to purchasing multiple print-based versions of textbooks and other sources. Both systems significantly provide off-campus access and the ability to download/”borrow” books for offline viewing. Users can also create personal e-book collections and add virtual notes, highlights and annotations. E-books on both systems can be linked to directly, making it possible to offer links to specific titles from inside Blackboard and/or other web-based services.

Library staff provide further information and guidance to these resources through our website, individually to library visitors and to classes and groups upon request.

To learn more about the library, please visit our homepage or talk to a member of the library staff. You can also e-mail us at with any queries that you may have.


CIT Library’s Mission Statement
‘The CIT Library aims to enhance the quality of academic experience available at CIT by providing excellent physical facilities and by delivering information resources in all formats, in the disciplines and at the levels appropriate to the Institute’s faculty and students. Through building and maintaining collections and providing access to information sources held elsewhere, the library will support the learning, research and creative activities of the Institute and help address the information needs of the region in its economic, industrial, social and cultural development’.

This mission statement is carried out by a highly qualified team of library staff that are committed to providing a quality service and who are skilled in the application of appropriate information management practices and technologies.