We recently featured the Lawrence, Kansas Public Library, which has a recording studio you can check out and is getting a large-format monster synth.
Another library that is innovating by letting you check out creative tools is the Ann Arbor District Library. The library features the usual books, DVDs & CDs – but they also have a comprehensive Music Tools collection.
AADL’s Music Tools collection lets Library members check out and use a variety of uncommon musical instruments, including gear from Moog, Korg, Roland, Teenage Engineering, Critter & Guitari and more:
- Need an MS-20 mini? Check it out with your library card!
- Need a Bass Station II? Check it out with your library card!
- Need a Sub Phatty to lay down some bass? Check one out!
- Want to try out the new Roland Boutique synths? They’ve got them all!
- Keytars, Volcas, Electribes, a Circuit Bent Omnichord, freaky folktronic gear, and even a Eurorack modular are all available, along with effects pedals, amps and a lot of weird acoustic instruments.
There are a few limitations on the Music Tools library:
- Music Tools are not renewable;
- They are not requestable; and
- They only can be checked out for one week at a time.
An index of the gear they have is available at the AADL site. Check it out and let us know what you think the idea of libraries lending electronic music gear!