Heather DiCicco by Heather DiCicco  May 06, 2019 

Borrow Music Gear from the Carnegie Library Music Department

synthDid you know that the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers resources to help you become a better musician? All you need is a library card to access extensive musical resources at the Music Department of the Carnegie Library Main in Oakland.

You can find print and e-books about music theory, instrument instruction, and band biographies, as well as sheet music and guitar tabs. If you want to learn about Pittsburgh’s rich music history the library offers books, periodicals and scrapbooks of musicians of the 19th and 20th centuries. A music librarian can help you on your search or lead tours upon request.

If you’re looking for something more hands-on, try out the electronic instruments found at the library’s Musical Instrument Playground. You can even check out gear! Synthesizers, beatmakers, sequencers, effects pedals, digital theremins, recording equipment and ukuleles are available for 3-week rentals. Call 412.622.3105 to put an instrument on hold or stop in to check them out. If you’re under 18 you’ll need a parent or guardian to accompany you at check out.

For updates on classes and programs sign up for the monthly Music, Film & Audio eNewsletter or contact the Music Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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