Come, see and adore them !
The Performing Arts & Languages Department recently acquired two new Yamaha electric piano keyboards and head phones. These replaced older equipment which had done 20 years of stalwart service.
The keyboards are located on the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library near the top of the stairs and are already a hit with the public. The keyboards are well used and available free of charge on an informal booking system - first come first served for 30 minutes (or longer if no one else is waiting). The two keyboards share a small practice room which is not soundproof and headphones must be used. A new soundproof practice room is planned as part of the multi-year renovation of the Toronto Reference Library.
Many musicians use the electric keyboards to try out one of the 40,000 music scores the Toronto Reference Library has available - many of which can be borrowed. You can also bring in your own sheet music/score.
There are pianos available for practice within the Library system at the following branches:
Parliament Library: there is an upright piano in a soundproof practice room - free of charge - it can be booked one hour per day at 416.393.7663 .
North York Central Library, Languages, Literature and Fine Arts Department: there is an upright Baldwin studio piano in a practice room. The room is available for piano playing, score reading or for playing strings, woodwinds or other instruments. Due to minimal soundproofing, percussion or amplified instruments are not allowed. You can book 2 weeks in advance for 1.5 hours per weekday and 1 hour on weekends at 416.395.5639 .
Parkdale Library: there is a Yamaha baby grand piano in the library auditorium. When the room is not in use, patrons may book free of charge up to one hour per day to a maximum of two hours per week at 416.393.7686 .