Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library

Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library

Explore our collection

You can borrow from our collection of over 150 instruments using your library card—just like you borrow books.

It's free.

Browse our online catalogue to find your instrument of choice.

Available instruments:

  • Acoustic guitars
  • Acoustic bass guitars
  • Electric guitars
  • Ukuleles
  • Mandolins
  • Banjos
  • Violins (various sizes)
  • Keyboards
  • Bells
  • Bongos
  • Cajons
  • Dumbeks
  • Djembes

Borrow and play

Once you've selected your instrument of choice from our online collection, start playing, learning, composing, or performing!

Borrowing basics

  • Log on to our website.
  • Click the Place a Hold button beside the instrument.
  • Select your pick-up location. Instruments can be picked up at any of our 16 locations.
  • You can borrow 1 instrument per card at a time.
  • Instruments can be borrowed for 3 weeks, with up to 3 renewals if there are no holds. 
  • Fines for overdue instruments will be charged at $0.25 per day late.
  • A replacement fee may apply to lost or damaged items.
  • All musical instruments must be returned in-person to a Library Borrower Services desk. Do not return instruments via book drops.

Instrument care

Together, we are responsible for keeping this unique collection in good working order for the whole community that shares the instruments.

Click through to view instructional care videos for the different instruments in our collection.


Donate to our collection

Help grow our collection by donating a new or gently used instrument.

  • We can accept new or gently used portable keyboards, hand drums, and string instruments like guitars, violins, banjos, and ukuleles. We are unable to accept wind instruments at this time.
  • Drop off your donations at any branch of Halifax Public Libraries.

Your generous donation will help make music more accessible in our community. Thank you! 

About Sun Life Financial

This program was made possible through a partnership with Sun Life Financial, opens a new window. Sun Life Financial has a long history of supporting arts and culture in Canada, and believes arts and culture should be celebrated within our communities and made available to everyone, regardless of their means. Halifax Public Libraries is grateful for Sun Life Financial's contribution to our community.

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