We don’t like to toot our own horn – but we will toot the Ottawa Public Library’s as they launch their latest innovative offering, the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library!

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is now one of only six libraries in Canada to provide customers with the opportunity to borrow and enjoy a collection of 150 musical instruments. The initiative will support burgeoning musical talent in Ottawa, and let anyone with an OPL card in good standing borrow the instrument of their choice from two designated branches.

“The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library program is a great example of how our library inspires learning, sparks curiosity, and connects people, allowing everyone to share in the joy of creating music,” said Ottawa Public Library CEO Danielle McDonald.

The program was born courtesy of a generous $140,000 donation from Sun Life Financial, and was launched on November 7 with help of some very special guests, including none other than Canadian singer-songwriter, Sarah McLachlan.

Customers will be able to borrow instruments from the Main and Nepean Centrepointe branches of the Ottawa Public Library, with instruments ranging from a guitar, a mandolin, a violin, an ukulele, and much more.

And that’s just for starters. From now through December 8, 2017, OPL will be holding a local donation drive to expand the collection further with donations of new and gently used musical instruments.

Have you been staring at that accordion your Great-Aunt Tess gave you in the back of your closet for way too long? Or maybe you have an instrument that you’d just like to see inspire someone new. Well, here’s your chance to play it forward.

Visit the Ottawa Public Library’s website for more information on how you can donate your gently used instrument today.

We can’t wait to hear the beautiful music you’ll make, Ottawa, so play on.