Cork Polish library faces closure without financial support – Irish Examiner

A Cork library with the largest collection of Polish books in Ireland is having to fundraise for its survival.

ABC EduLibrary in Cork City has appealed for funding from the Polish Embassy in Ireland and Cork City Council after lockdowns have slashed the non-profit organisation’s income for the year.

“It’s been very tough on the library,” said Tomasz Trela, a library board member and University College Cork (UCC) student.

Cultural centre

A regular meeting place for Cork’s Polish community, the library and cultural centre has not been able to hold events or classes for its members. This has meant funding for cultural events from the Polish Embassy has not been accessible.

Struggling to make their rent costs, Mr Trela said the library decided to appeal for crowdfunding as a last resort.

“We decided it’s the only way to keep the library alive and not completely disappear, otherwise we will not be able to pay for the

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