Borrow a Musical Instrument

Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library

We're making music more accessible for all Calgarians! Borrow a musical instrument from the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library at Memorial Park Library, for free, with your Calgary Public Library card.

Note

When placing a hold on an instrument, select Memorial Park Library as your hold pick up location. Instruments must be picked up, and returned to Memorial Park Library.

Instruments

GuitarGuitars: 1/2 nylon, 3/4 nylon, full size nylon, 3/4 size steel, full size steel

Find guitar resources in our catalogue.

Watch this video to learn how to care for string instruments.


Bass GuitarBass Guitars

Find bass guitar resources in our catalogue.

Watch this video to learn how to care for string instruments.


UkeleleSoprano Ukeleles

Watch this video to learn how to care for string instruments.


BanjoBanjos

Find banjo resources in our catalogue.

Watch this video to learn how to care for string instruments.


ViolaViolas and Violins

Violin sizing:
Full sized vioins — 11 years to adult
3/4 sized violins — 9 to 12 years
1/2 sized violins — 7 to 9 years
1/4 sized violins — 5 to 7 years

Violas are full sized and suitable for an average adult.

More information on sizing violins and violas to your body is available here.

Find viola and violin resources in our catalogue.

Watch this video to learn how to care for string instruments.


Bell KitBackpack Percussion Kit (Xylophones)

Watch this video to learn how to care for bell kits.


KeyboardKeyboards: 61 note and 88 note

Find keyboard resources in our catalogue.

Watching this video to learn how to care for keyboards.


BongosBongos

Find bongo resources in our catalogue.

Watch this video to learn how to care for bongos.


DjembeDjembes

Watch this video to learn how to care for djembes.


Dumbek

Watch this video to learn how to care for dumbeks.


CajonCajon

Watch this video to learn how to care for cajons.


 Borrowing Instruments

  • Place a hold on an instrument using your Calgary Public Library card. Select Memorial Park Library as your hold pick up location. Instruments must be picked up, and returned to Memorial Park Library.
  • You’ll receive an email or phone call once the instrument is ready.
  • Then you'll have seven days to pick the instrument up at Memorial Park Library.
  • Your Library card and picture ID are needed to sign out an instrument.

 Rules and Conditions

  • You can borrow one instrument at a time, with a valid Calgary Public Library card and photo ID.
  • You can have one instrument hold per card at any given time.
  • The loan period for an instrument is three weeks. If no one else has placed a hold on the instrument, you can renew it once, and keep the instrument for a total of six weeks.
  • If you return an instrument after the due date, you will be charged an overdue fine.
  • If you lose or damage an instrument or its accessories, you will be charged a replacement or repair fee.

Programs

My First Music Lesson: Learn Violin!

Picking up a violin for the first time? Sign up for a 20 minute introductory lesson with a music coach at Memorial Park Library. Register online, then bring a violin for a free, one-on-one music lesson.  Participants are welcome to sign up for a session once every two months.

My First Music Lesson: Learn Guitar!

Picking up an instrument for the first time? Sign up for a 20 minute introductory lesson with a music coach at Memorial Park Library. Register online, then bring a guitar for a free, one-on-one music lesson. Participants are welcome to sign up for a session once every two months.

I'm With the Band: The Beatles

Are you a John, Paul, George or Ringo? Bring any instrument and gear up for this jam session. Pick up new songs by ear or with provided sheet music during this choreographed jam session. This six week program for musicians with some experience is facilitated by an expert and takes place at Memorial Park Library. All instruments are welcome!
Tuesdays, September 12 – October 17 | 5:15 – 6:15 pm
Registration starts August 21

I'm With the Band: 90s Rock

Nirvana, Green Day, and Pearl Jam. Bring any instrument and gear up for this jam session. Pick up new songs by ear or with provided sheet music.  This six week program for musicians with some experience is facilitated by an expert and takes place at Memorial Park Library.
Tuesdays, September 12 – October 17 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Registration starts August 21

News

Music Coach Volunteers Needed

We're seeking musicians skilled in guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, piano, drums, violin or viola to coach beginner musicians. Please email Connie Smith, Volunteer Resources Specialist, for more information.

Memorial Park Library Practice Room

Need a place to practice?  Memorial Park Library has free practice space that can comfortably accommodate up to two musicians.   The room has an electronic drumkit, and an upright piano. It also features an electric piano, donated by k.d. lang. To book the practice room, call 403-260-2600 and ask to speak with staff at Memorial Park Library.

About Our Partner

Sun Life Financial has a long history of supporting arts and culture in Canada, and believes arts and culture should be celebrated within our communities and made available to everyone, regardless of their means. Sun Life has been a partner of Calgary Public Library since 2012, funding the Sun Life Financial Arts + Culture Pass. Calgary Public Library is grateful for Sun Life Financial's continued investment in the Library and to arts and culture in our city.

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