I was exploring the new San Diego Central Library yesterday, and boy what a library it is. Architecturally impressive and a great community center. I was taking a guided tour, but when it reached the music book section I strayed away. I went wondering through the stacks towards the 8th floor window, and as I turned around to walk back found myself starring straight at the banjo section! They had a couple of shelves of banjo tutors, mostly from the 60's and 70's, and an old set of DIY banjo plans. Any library with a banjo section is a good library in my eyes! Now if only there was a library that checked out banjos...
Neat idea. Wonder if other libraries could make instrument loan work? If nothing else, it might be feasible to check instruments out to patrons for an hour at a time for on-site use. The Harold Washington Library in Chicago has practice rooms.
I was exhibiting at a genealogy conference over the weekend and I let a couple of people try out my banjo. I think a lot of people are really intrigued by the possibility of playing an instrument but never go after an opportunity to give it a chance.
Next time I'm in San Diego, I'll check that library out!
Cool stuff about the Anchorage Library. The modern library is changing from it's role as an archive to that of a community center . As more media goes digital, the need shifts from access to information to collaboration about information.
The San Diego Central Library is definitely worth a visit.