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A Sound Initiative

An instrument can be ordered by placing a request at your local branch/mobile library.
Have you longed to learn a musical instrument but didn’t want to commit to the purchase of an expensive instrument in case it didn’t suit you?

‘A Sound Initiative’ is a program intended to allow people to test their skills on a particular instrument before investing a significant amount of money on an instrument of their own.

How it works
An instrument can be ordered by placing a request at your local branch.
The collection will be available to borrowers only via the Cork County Library branch network and instruments borrowed from a branch must be returned to that branch.
Instruments may be borrowed for up to 3 weeks and may be renewed if no-one else has placed a request for it.
Donations of musical instruments are greatly appreciated.

Instruments available

  • A selection of violins, including several ½ size, ¼ size and 1/16 size
  • A selection of guitars, including several ¾ scale and several electric guitars
  • A selection of Casio and Yamaha keyboards
  • Adult and child-sized piano accordions
  • A drum practice pad
  • Mandolins
  • Bodhráns
  • Ukuleles
  • Banjos

Please contact us on (021) 4546499, or at asoundinitiative@corkcoco.ie if you have a musical instrument that you’d be happy to donate to the library.

To see the Cork County Library Musical Instrument policy and for information on the policy in relation to the care of instruments, please see the FAQs section of the website and the Policies and Byelaws section. Check: https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services/frequently-asked-questions.

Cork County Library offers a wide range of activities to the public both young and old, where they can learn not just about books and literature, but also learn about a wide range of science related topics.



RTE Home School Hub 

Fun and engaging daily curriculum based lessons for primary school children learning at home.  Classes start on TV and extra content for related projects is available online.  Presented by qualified primary school teachers.



Home learning hub for primary school children with book readings, live lessons and positive news updates.  There are weekly learning resource packs from Junior Infant to 6th classes so children can continue to learn from home.


Department of Education and Skills (DES) official portal for Irish education.  Curriculum based resources for primary and post-primary students.  Free access to worldbookonline with information resources and free e-books during the school closure period.  The link to this is available in the “Home Access” section of the Scoilnet website



Online Irish education resources for parents and teachers.


An Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscoilíochta

Online school resources for primary and post-primary students in the Irish language.


National School for Special Education

Online resources for children with special needs who are at home as a result of school closures.


Maths Week Ireland

Fun online maths activities and projects that can be done with everyday things at home.



Glucksman Gallery

Cork’s Glucksman Gallery at University College Cork is a leading museum nationally and internationally for creative learning and access to the visual arts.  Online “Creativity at Home” sessions are offered during the current closure of the gallery.


The Ark, Dublin

Dedicated cultural centre for children.  Free dance, music, art and theatre projects for children are available online.



Music resources linked to the primary school curriculum with free courses for parents and children.



Museum of Literature Ireland

“Bright Sparks Creative Bursts” writing games are offered online for children and families.  Inspiration is provided by children’s author Sarah Webb.


Children's Books Ireland

The website for the national children’s books organization of Ireland has book recommendations and reviews for all age groups.  Imagination Nation playbook activities for primary school children with drawing, writing and mindfulness exercises from leading Irish authors and artists can also be accessed.


David Walliams

Author, David Walliams, offers free audio recordings from his books and also downloadable activity sheets.

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