Loans and Renewals Policy

Loan Requests

Canada

Loans are made available for 2 months within Canada or 3 months abroad. You may borrow up to 10 scores at one time for 2 months. You may renew a score twice, up to a total of 6 months. Our library scores are not for sale and are for perusal and study purposes only. However, if you’re performing a work or require the parts for performance please purchase a copy here. If you need to make marks inside a score, please purchase a new copy to prevent the deterioration of our loaning copies. Loans are free to anyone within Canada (we’ll even cover the postage to return our materials).

International

Those living outside of Canada may borrow scores for three months with a chance to renew twice for a total of 9 months. To renew a loan, please call or email the CMC before the due date. While our loaning service is free, we require all international borrowers to call in their credit card information before their loan is processed. Replacement costs for the full amount of items borrowed will be charged if the items are not returned. For your security, credit card numbers can only be received by telephone.

Outside of Canada, the borrower is responsible for the cost of postage. Due to high international mailing costs, purchasing copies is often just as economical as borrowing. Our library scores aren’t for sale. However, if you’re performing a work or wish to purchase a commercial copy, you can do so here.

If you need to make marks inside a score, please purchase a new copy to prevent the deterioration of our loaning copies. If you’re from the United States: Please do not use a courier service to return music as it incurs extra costs at the Canadian border. We won’t pay for any charges to have music returned or for packages delivered with postage fees due. In these cases, the package will be returned to you.

Overdue Items

We do not fine for overdue items. However, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who has not returned their loans to the library by the due date.

Renewals

Loans are renewable at any time up to a maximum of three loan periods. If you need an extension, it must be made at least 5 business days before the original due date. Please contact any CMC office to extend a loan.

If another patron requests a score during your renewal period, we reserve the right to recall it. We also reserve the right to refuse an extension request made if the original loan is overdue.

Other Matters

CMC does not circulate recordings. You can listen to commercial recordings using CMC’s listening room facilities, and archival recordings online through CentreStreams.

Works with 10 or more instrumental parts are available on a rental basis only. However, the score for a rental work is available for loan from the library.

Published works of CMC Associate Composers are available for circulation when a publisher makes copies available to the CMC.