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Musical Instruments

Learn to play a variety of musical instruments using the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library collection.

Borrow an Instrument from VPL

The Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library at VPL is a collection of instruments that you may borrow using your Vancouver Public Library card. The collection is located at the Central Library. Ask staff for assistance retrieving the instrument you want to borrow. The instruments can be found by searching the library catalogue.

Choosing an Acoustic Guitar

VPL offers left- and right-handed guitars in a variety of sizes:  ½, ¾, and full size guitars. The guitars also come with nylon or steel strings.

Which guitar size is right for me? A general rule to follow is to gauge the guitar size based on the height of the player:

  Guitar Size  
  Height of Player* 
  Age Recommendation*  
  1/2 Size   3'10" - 4'5"   5-8 years
  3/4 Size   4'6" - 4'11"   8-11 years
  Full Size   5' & over   11+ years

*Approximate sizing and measurements

For more information about choosing a guitar size, see Shepherd Guitar Studio's Guitar Sizing Guide.

Guitar Magazines

Digital Magazines

A selection of digital magazines can be accessed through Zinio and PressReader

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Print Magazines

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Guitar Player Guitar World Guitar & Bass

Online Tutorials and Lessons

Other Online Resources