When: Thursday, Jan 31 | 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Location: MTCC 206F

Days: Thursday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Public Libraries. Subjects: Collections, Programming, and Public Service.


Research has long shown the many benefits of music upon individuals and their communities. As such, free musical instrument libraries have become increasingly popular in public libraries across Canada. Learn about musical instrument lending and programming in this panel discussion featuring the Calgary Public Library, Kitchener Public Library, and Toronto Public Library. Learn about the different approaches that these libraries have taken for implementation, circulation, programming, and animation of their music services. Discover their successes, their challenges, and how they have connected with their music loving communities. Come away with scalable ideas for your own libraries and one powerful truth: music changes lives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to operationalize musical instrument lending as a service in your library
  • Learn how to design and deliver music programs to your target audiences
  • Come away with ideas for partnerships that can get your community involved