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 Fiddleheads.ca.
Books on How To Play Violin
|The ABC's of Violin for the Absolute Beginner by Janice Tucker Rhoda||Play Violin Today! A Complete Guide to the Basics: The Ultimate Self-teaching Method||Mel Bay's First Lessons: Violin by Craig Duncan||Violin for Dummies by Katharine Rapoport|
|Principles of Violin Playing & Teaching by Ivan Galamian||Fiddle for Dummies by Michael Sanchez||Mel Bay Presents the Fiddlin' Workshop by Jeanine R. Orme|