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Borrowing a Violin

The Musical Instrument Lending Library is a collection of instruments that can be borrowed for free with a valid library card. The collection is located at the Millennium Library. Ask staff for assistance retrieving the instrument you want to borrow.

You can find out the availability of violins as well as place one on hold by searching the library catalogue.

For information on how to take care of a violin, check out this care video.

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Choosing a Violin

Winnipeg Public Library 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

Selection from our Collection

The violin in motion
You can teach yourself fiddling
Teaching the fundamentals of violin playing
Violin for dummies

Online Tutorials

Recommended Apps

Content for this resource guide was generously provided by Vancouver Public Library