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Musical Instruments

    What instruments are in your collection?

    We have a variety of stringed instruments such as acoustic guitars (nylon-stringed and steel-stringed in various sizes), acoustic bass guitars, electric guitars, violins (various sizes), ukuleles, mandolins, and banjos in the collection, as well as a selection of hand drums such  as bongos, cajons, doumbeks and djembes. You can also borrow keyboards and xylophones.

    What do I need to borrow an instrument?

    You'll need a valid Regina Public Library account in good standing with less than $25 owing in outstanding fees.

    I don't live in Regina, but I have a library card from another Saskatchewan public library. Can I use it to borrow an instrument from RPL?

    No. Instruments are only available to Regina Public Library cardholders. They cannot be checked out with Community Access, Special Circumstance, Temporary, Unverified or Virtual Services RPL cards, or cards from other Saskatchewan public library regions or municipalities.

    I'm under 14. Can I borrow an instrument on my own, or do I have to have a parent with me?

    You can borrow an instrument by yourself! Just be sure to bring your library card (or digital barcode in our app) as you will be asked to authenticate with your library card and PIN prior to checking out an instrument. You will need some help to take some of our larger instruments home, especially our keyboards, so be sure to bring extra people along to help you carry whatever you check out.

    How many instruments can I borrow?

    You can borrow one instrument at a time.

    How long can I keep the instrument?

    The loan period for instruments is 21 days.

    Can I renew the instrument I've borrowed?

    If no one has requested that instrument, you can renew for an additional 21 days. There is a limit of two renewals.

    Can I place a hold on an instrument that is currently on loan?

    Yes, but there is a limit of only one instrument hold per card at any given time.

    Where do I pick up the instrument?

    Instruments are kept at Central Library and Sherwood Village Branch. If you know which instrument you want to borrow and the library catalogue says it's available, go to the service desk at the location that owns the instrument and staff will retrieve the instrument for you. We cannot ship instruments to other branches due to the risk of breakage.

    Please note that you will need to authenticate with your library card and PIN prior to checking out an instrument. The card that placed the hold must be present to pick up the hold.

    If you need help to search the catalogue or figure out what to ask for, talk to our staff.

    How long do I have to pick up the instrument after I've put it on hold?

    You'll have seven days to pick up your instrument after it becomes available for pick-up. The person that placed the hold must be the one to pick up the instrument. Please be sure to bring your card (or digital barcode in our app) with you as you will need to authenticate with your library card and PIN prior to checking out the instrument.

    Where can I get help learning to play an instrument?

    There are books and DVDs in the library collection that can help you learn to play the instrument. Our LinkedIn Learning and Artist Works for Libraries subscriptions also provide access to a number of lessons on playing various instruments. Each instrument page linked to on the Instrument Lending landing page also provides links to several resources. You can also ask staff for assistance finding resources.

    Where do I return the instrument?

    Instruments must be returned to the location you borrowed them from during open hours.

    What happens if I'm late returning the instrument?

    A late fee of $1 per day will be added to your library account, up to $42.

    What happens if I damage or lose the instrument I borrowed?

    As with other library materials borrowed, you are responsible for musical instruments borrowed on your card and for any charges on items that are overdue, lost or damaged. 

    See our Borrowing from RPL page for details.

    Can I donate an instrument to your collection?

    We welcome donations of gently used stringed instruments, keyboards, and light percussion.

    Are there instruments you won't accept as donations?

    We cannot accept wind instruments or pianos.

    I have an instrument to donate - where should I take it?

    If you'd like to donate an instrument, you can bring it to Long and McQuade (1445 McIntyre Street) or Central Library during open hours.

    Will all donated instruments be added to the Sun Life Musical Lending Library at RPL?

    As with other donations to Regina Public Library, the library reserves the right to decide on the disposition of all gifts received. All gifts become property of RPL.

    Will I get a charitable tax receipt for my donation?

    No. Charitable tax receipts will not be provided for donated instruments.

    Can I borrow musical instruments?

    Yes, musical instruments will be available to borrow.

    Ask a Librarian Chat

    RPL's online chat service is only available during the Library's regular hours of service when staff are logged on and ready to help you. During these support hours you will be able to initiate a live chat with library support staff by selecting the purple LIVE CHAT graphic displayed in the bottom right section of your screen.

    RPL Support Hours

    Mon - Thurs: 9:30am - 9:00pm
    Fri - Sat: 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Sun: 1:00pm - 5:00pm


    If you have difficulty using online chat, or have a question when we are offline, please send an email to 

    or phone us at 306.777.6000
    (306.777.6111 for renewals).

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