Borrow an instrument—for free!—from BPL

We're pleased to announce the first public musical instrument lending library in New York City is at Brooklyn Public Library, open to all adult patrons.To get started, please email us at musicloan@bklynlibrary.org to ask whether an instrument is available to borrow. BPL's Musical Instrument Lending Library was designed in partnership with The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

September 10, 2018 Update: Effective October 1, 2018, the new loan period for all instruments will be four weeks.

Our Instruments

Frequently Asked Questions

Any adult patron with a current BPL library card account and less than $15 in fines can check out an instrument.

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

Patrons may check out one instrument at a time. In addition to one instrument, patrons may also check out one music stand.

To get started, please email us at musicloan@bklynlibrary.org to ask whether an instrument is available to borrow. If the desired instrument is available, we will contact you to schedule an appointment to check out the instrument. At your appointment, you will complete a loan agreement form.

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 third floor of Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza.

All instruments are borrowed for a period of eight weeks (two months) from the date of checkout.

Please note: Effective October 1st the new loan period for all instruments will be four weeks.Once the instrument is borrowed, no alterations may be made to your checkout (e.g., no switching instruments in the middle of a loan period). However, patrons may return instruments early if they would like to do so.

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.

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