On November 7, 2017, Ottawa Public Library (OPL) introduced the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library. Due to its success, OPL has decided to expand to two new locations – Cumberland and Greenboro – and here is everything you need to know:
Why does OPL have this program?
- The program was launched using a philanthropic donation of $140,000 by Sun Life Financial.
- The program provides the opportunity for customers of all ages to experience the positive role that music can play in one’s life and advance musical literacy.
- The program aligns with the values and mission of OPL by sparking curiosity and by giving our customers the tools to learn and create.
Who can borrow the musical instruments?
- The musical instruments are available to all OPL customers with a valid library card in good standing, including visitors’ cards. The collection is not available to SmartLibrary users.
Where can I borrow instruments?
- Customers can borrow instruments at four branches: Cumberland, Greenboro, Main and Nepean Centrepointe.
- Due to the fragility of musical instruments and other logistical issues with regards to transportation, customers are required to go to the branch where the instrument is located to check it out and must return it at the same location.
What instruments are available at the Cumberland and Greenboro branches?
- Both branches have a starting collection of 55 instruments. These includes guitars, violons, banjo, mandolins, ukulele, keyboards and several types of drums.
- For the complete list of instruments visit BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/en/instruments
When can I start borrowing instruments from the Cumberland and Greenboro collections?
- OPL customers will be able to borrow instruments from the two new locations starting Friday, November 8.
- Maximum 1 instrument checkout per OPL card at a time.
- What are the borrowing parameters?
- Loan period is 21 days, with 3 renewals. Customers will not be able to renew if there are holds on the instrument they have checked out.