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The Free Library is accepting donations to help expand their collection of musical instruments available for lending. Philadelphia Free Library/for PhillyVoice

The Free Library is accepting donations to help expand their collection of musical instruments available for lending.

September 21, 2016

The Philadelphia Free Library will soon begin lending out musical instruments

New 'Musical Instrument Collection' includes guitars, banjos and more

The Parkway Central Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library will start lending out musical instruments starting Sept. 26, as part of their new Musical Instrument Collection program. Instruments, like books, are given the standard three-week loaning period. 

There's no aptitude test or pre-requisites; you just need to be a library member in good standing.

So far, the collection includes "an electric guitar, electric bass, acoustic-electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele." And "Each instrument has a kit that includes a gig bag, tuner, strap, and small amps and cables for the electrics. You’ll even get a few repurposed Free Library card guitar picks to keep."

For more info — including how to donate instruments to the collection — click here.

Two events will help launch the program:

• Sunday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m.: “Opening Ouvertures” a concert featuring the Citywide Specials

• Monday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-noon: Drop-in jam sessions and workshops