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Start making music! Markham Public Library launches free musical instrument lending library

Residents can borrow instruments for free using a MPL card
June 23, 2022
Scarlett Liu

Do you want to learn how to play a new instrument? Do you have kids who want to try different instruments before committing to one? How about recording your own music or podcast? Markham Public Library (MPL) is launching the Musical Instrument Library at Markham Village Library on June 18.

Markham residents can borrow from a collection of musical instruments including guitars, violins, banjos, keyboards, drums and more for free by using a MPL card. In addition to the collection of instruments, MPL also has a state-of-the-art sound booth for patrons to record their own music or podcast.

Learning music helps to improve memory, develops creativity and can even improve math skills. However, buying a musical instrument can be a big financial investment, so MPL is lending them out so that families can try before committing.

The music instrument library offers community members with the opportunity to explore different instruments and inspires them to learn and grow. This also helps to build a thriving city as MPL is committed to growing a community of learners through all stages of life by providing support for formal education and encouraging learning beyond the academic experience.

To borrow an instrument, residents must visit Markham Village Library in person and sign a Special Collections Agreement before checking out an instrument and using the sound booth.

Everyone can borrow up to three instruments at a time with a two-week loan period. The sound booth can be reserved for up to three hours per day.

For more information and to see what instruments are available and how to borrow them, check out Musical Instrument Library page online.