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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 a Violin

VPL has four different violin sizes that are available to borrow: ¼, ½, ¾, and full size violins.

Which violin size is right for me? To determine the size you need, you will need to find the length of your fully extended left arm from the neck to the centre of your palm. Match the violin size you need with the chart below.

  Violin Size  
  Player's Arm Length* (cm / in)  
  1/4 Size   45.7cm - 47cm / 18" - 18.5"
  1/2 Size   50.8cm / 20"
  3/4 Size   54.6cm - 56cm / 21.5" - 22" 
  Full Size   58cm+ / 23"+

*Approximate sizing and measurements

For more information about choosing a violin, see

Violin Magazines