Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library Donation Drive 2019

May 24, 2019 | Tanya O

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Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library

What is the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library?

The Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library is a collection of musical instruments including guitars, keyboards, and violins that can be borrowed for free with a valid library card. Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Sun Life, launched the city’s second Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library at Downsview Branch

In 2016, Parkdale Branch became the city’s first Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library in a pilot project that was part of a national initiative by Sun Life.

Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library display 

Why is there a musical instrument donation drive?

We’re kicking off a city-wide instrument donation drive to add to the collection of instruments donated by Sun Life. Donated instruments will be added to the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library.

When can I donate instruments?

We are accepting instruments from Tuesday, May 28 to Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Where can I donate my instrument?

There are three locations where you can donate a new or gently-used musical instrument:

Downsview Branch
2793 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, M3M 2G3
Phone: 416-395-5720
Email: akwang@torontopubliclibrary.ca
Mon-Thu: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Fri-Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 1:30 – 5:00 pm

Long & McQuade Toronto
925 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1L5
Phone: (416) 588-7886
Email: info@long-mcquade.com 
Mon-Wed: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm 
Thurs, Fri: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Long & McQuade North York
2777 Steeles Avenue West
North York, Ontario, M3J 3K5
Phone: (416) 663-8612
Email: steeles@long-mcquade.com
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: CLOSED

Percussion instruments

What kinds of instruments are accepted?

  • Guitars - Classical and Acoustic Left and right-handed ½, ¾, and full-size guitars, Electric Guitars, Electric Bass Guitars, Acoustic Bass Guitars, Travel Guitars, Ukuleles, Banjos, Mandolins, Amps, Tuners, Strings (Nylon and Steel), Soft Cases
  • Strings - Violins, Cellos, Violas
  • Keyboards - Light Weight Portable Keyboards, Accordions, Concertina, Foot Pedals, Soft Cases
  • Percussion - Djembe, Doumbek, Bongo Drums, Dholaks, Tablas, Xylophones, Cajon Box Drums, Cases

What kinds of instruments cannot be accepted?

Brass and wind instruments are not currently being accepted. Pianos or drum kits cannot be accepted because of size restrictions. Instruments weighing over 25 pounds cannot be accepted. 

What does "gently used" mean?

Gently used means that the instrument is still in good working condition. It may show signs of being used (paint wearing off, guitar strings broken, etc.), but is still fully functional.

How will instruments be cleaned and maintained?

Each instrument is properly inspected and cleaned before it is made available to the public.

Keyboard

Will all instruments be added to the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library?

Not all donated instruments will be added to the Sun Life Musical Instrument Library. Any broken instruments will not be added. Instruments valued at more than $1,000 will be sold or auctioned to raise money for the program. The library reserves the right to decide what is added to the collection.

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer tax receipts as part of this campaign.

Guitars

What if I don't have an instrument to donate, but would like to make a financial contribution?

We will gladly accept financial contributions to the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library Program. If you would like to donate funds to support this program, please visit http://tplfoundation.ca. Thank you!

Who is involved in this project?

Sun Life, Long & McQuade and Toronto Public Library are working together on this donation drive for the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library.

What if I have more questions about the donation drive?

Please contact Anna Kwang, Services Specialist, Musical Instrument Lending Library at 416-395-5720 or email akwang@torontopubliclibrary.ca.

Violin

Visit tpl.ca/instrumentlending for more information.

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