Vinyl records and players now available at checkout at the Grand Rapids Public Library

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids Public Library is adding vinyl records and record players to the checkout as well as listening spaces to browse the collection and discover new music.

“We had been exploring adding vinyl to our collection for some time and saw this as an opportunity to create an experience,” said Jen VanderHeide, Grand Rapids Public Library’s Collection Services Coordinator. “These new spaces are relaxing places to listen to vinyl, browse quietly and discuss good music.”

As part of new additions announced this week, library patrons can check out up to five vinyl records and a portable record player at a time. These are only available at the Library System’s West Side Branch, 713 Bridge St. NW, and the Main Library, 111 Library St. NE.

If people don’t know how to use a record player, the staff will show them how. People wishing to donate record players or vinyl records can find more information at grpl.org/about/donate/.

The West Side Branch and Main Library have listening stations where people can browse and listen to vinyl records. The library also offers CDs and streaming music.

“It’s a great way to explore new music without the investment,” VanderHeide said. “Whether you prefer your music on vinyl, CD or streaming, GRPL has thousands of tracks to borrow for free.”

A search of the library’s online catalog shows just under 400 vinyl records available at checkout, with artists ranging from Miles Davis and Sonic Youth to Grimes and Led Zeppelin.

At this time, customers are not permitted to hang vinyl records and record players. Customers can renew double-renewed vinyl records but cannot renew turntables due to the limited number available.

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