Not all students or musicians own their own musical instruments, and may not be ready or able to purchase them. This service will attract new users who will help BPL provide enhanced access to musical instruments and strengthen musical education with our partner BCM. BPL's Musical Instrument Lending Library will be the first in New York CIty to loan musical instruments to beginners, students, and other musicians. We envision two types of patrons wanting to use this program -- 1) those who may be interested in learning an instrument but who are not able to make a costly investment without first "test-driving" the instrument, and 2) those who have a musical background and want to further explore and learn a new instrument.
The BPL program would be available to patrons 18 years and older. In the future, we will expand the program to children six years and up. Instruments can be borrowed for a period of 8 weeks. This program will meet the needs of those who need a no-cost venue to explore musical education. Those who are looking for a way to further their lifelong learning and exploration of music will find this program beneficial.
The library currently has a collection of wonderful musical instruction and method books that would assist patrons learning a new instrument. Our librarians will connect these registered patrons to other resources. This will help them along their musical journey.
Examples of the types of instruments are included in the detailed budget section of the proposal.