The Music Department has a collection of orchestral, folk, and non-western instruments available for loan to students registered in Ensembles, chamber music and music lessons. There are a limited number of musical instruments available free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. To check out an instrument, or if you have further questions, contact the Ensemble Library on the basement level of the music department at the Weitz, 507-222-6034.
Students needing violins or violas should contact their instructor. Some non-orchestral or non-portable instruments (African drums, sitars, harps, harpsichords, early instruments, etc.) are available for student use, but may not be exclusively checked out. Instead, a student gains access to these rooms and cabinets when they join an ensemble, enrolls for lessons, or receives special permission.
The Ensemble Library may not be able to accommodate all requests for instruments, so students are advised to check out instruments as soon as possible. In addition, students who already own their own instruments should be aware that the Ensemble Library collection might not have instruments that are equal in quality to the instrument they own, and should take this information into account when deciding whether to bring an instrument to college.
Ensemble Library Hours:
- Monday: 1PM-9PM
- Tuesday: 1PM-9PM
- Wednesday: 1PM-9PM
- Thursday: 1PM-9PM
- Friday: 1PM-5PM
- Saturdays and Sundays: Closed