Musical Instrument Lending Library

Borrow an instrument—for free!—from BPL

The first-ever public musical instrument lending library in New York City is at Brooklyn Public Library, and is open to all adult patrons. Want to learn to play the guitar? Need a piano for your next composition? You may now borrow select instruments from the library for one month.

To get started, select an instrument that you would like to borrow from the list below, and place a hold through your library card account.  When your instrument is ready for pickup, you will receive an email telling you to come to the Art and Music Room at Central Library to borrow your instrument.

BPL's Musical Instrument Lending Library was designed in partnership with The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Patrons may also be interested in the amateur recording studio located in the Info Commons , open to library cardholders working on audio or video projects.

We hope you enjoyed this new service and we would greatly appreciate your feedback!

Our Instruments

Percussion Instruments
String Instruments
Electric String Instruments
(We are Currently Updating Our Electric Guitar/Bass Electric Guitar Records)


We are not accepting instrument donations at this time. Thank you for your continued support!


Frequently Asked Questions

Any adult patron (18+) with a current BPL library card account and less than $25 in billed charges can check out an instrument.

We have full-size violins, acoustic guitars, ukuleles, electronic keyboards, drum pad (one pad) and steel pan drums. Each instrument comes with its own set of accessories.

Patrons may check out up to three instruments at a time. A music stand would be counted as one instrument.

You can only borrow three instruments at the same time.

To get started, please select an instrument from the list above to see if the instrument is available or if you need to put a hold on it.

All transactions related to the Musical Instrument Lending Library, including picking up and returning borrowed instruments, take place at the reference desk in the Art & Music Division on the second floor of Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza.

No, only the cardholder can pick up an instruments from the Musical Instrument Lending Library.

All instruments may be borrowed for a period of four weeks from the date of checkout. Instruments may be renewed if they are not requested by anther patron, and if you do not owe more than $25 in billed charges on your account. Patrons may return instruments before the due date.

Borrowers must keep the instruments in a safe, climate-controlled location. Instruments should not be left in the weather, extreme hot or cold, or extremely humid or dry environments. When transporting your instrument, please keep it under climate control as much as possible, and do not leave instruments in vehicles for prolonged periods. Extreme temperature and humidity variations can affect not only the instrument’s health, but your ability to effectively play the instrument. Patrons should also handle instruments with care, and ensure their hands are clean and dry before handling an instrument.


BPL's Musical Instrument Lending Library is a BKLYN Incubator project. BKLYN Incubator was founded in 2015 with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and continues to operate with funding from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please email us at

Location of Checkouts, Returns And Hold Pickups

Central Library
Reference Desk, Arts & Music (2nd Floor Swing Space, balcony)
10 Grand Army Plaza