An initiative which allows teenagers to borrow musical instruments from a library in Dublin is hitting all the right notes.
The GRD Gear Library at Pearse Street Library is a collaboration between non-profit group Girls Rock Dublin and Dublin City Libraries.
It enables library card holders under the age of 18 to borrow instruments and musical equipment to take home for three weeks at a time.
The 'gear library' is currently stocked with around 80 instruments, from electric guitars to drum kits, amplifiers to pedal effects and an assortment of musical accessories.
Instruments were acquired through a charity programme, Reverb Gives, the charity arm of the music gear marketplace Reverb, and through private donations.
A library with a twist – you can borrow more than just books at this Dublin library, thanks to a new initiative which is striking a chord with teens. 🎸🥁 pic.twitter.com/6zVasZX5cg— RTÉ News (@rtenews) February 5, 2020
"The thing about Girls Rock is we're about sharing skills and resources and what is so great is that libraries are all about sharing skills and resources, when you think of it that way it makes perfect sense," Sally Ó Dúnlaing of Girls Rock Dublin said.
Following the success of the initiative at Pearse Street, a second 'gear library' is expected to open at Ballyfermot Library later this year.