Mayo Arts Service

The Music Generation Mayo Instrument Banks are a countywide resource, offering affordable rental of a huge variety of instruments to young people under 18 years of age, resident in Co. Mayo. Instruments are available to rent at a nominal fee for a six month period, with loan renewals possible subject to waiting lists. There are three separate banks to serve the entire county, situated in Castlebar, Ballina and Belmullet. They are housed and administered by the staff at Mayo County Library. For further details on instruments available, terms & conditions and rental fees, please visit Mayo County Library website.

These instrument banks were established in conjunction with Music Generation Mayo as a result of a plan formulated by the Arts Service of Mayo County Council. The provision of affordable instruments is one of the key actions outlined in the strategic plan for music in the county, generated by Mayo’s Music Education Partnership. Borrowers must be library members and application forms, which also outline terms and conditions, must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian on collection of the instrument. A deposit fee and rental fee are payable when borrowing an instrument. The deposit is refundable when the instrument is returned in good condition.

Castlebar Instrument Bank
The musical instrument office at Castlebar library will be open for collection and return of instruments each Thursday from 1:30pm - 4:30pm, by appointment only.

To see a list of instruments and deposit/rental rates click here:

If you are interested in applying for an instrument loan, please contact Lorraine Foy on 094 90 4790 or Mayo County Library on 094-9047920.

Ballina Instrument Bank

This bank serves the North Mayo area and also Castlebar Urban area and lending commenced in September 2014. The scheme is also administered by Mayo County Library and the instruments are housed in Ballina Civic Offices. To see a list of instruments click here:

Anyone wishing to borrow an instrument should contact Barbara Varley at Ballina library: 096-70833; email

Erris Instrument Bank
This bank serves the Erris area and is housed in the Civic Centre in Belmullet and is also administered by Mayo County Library. To see a list of instruments click here:

Enquiries to Kate Healy, Belmullet Library, 097-82555; email