The library is a member of the Southeast Minnesota Library System and lends music to bands and musicians from all over the world. Visitors and browsers are welcome during operating hours: Monday-Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The loan period is 90 days. Items may be renewed for one additional loan period unless they have been requested by another customer. Borrowers are charged a small handling fee to cover expenses (see below). There is an overdue fine of one cent per day per each piece of music (so if someone had a complete set with 20 parts that would be 20 cents a day).
The Chatfield Music Lending Library online catalog is now networked with 84 other libraries as part of the SELCO Integrated Library System. The upgrade allows patrons to browse, make requests, and pay online. Internet Explorer is the recommended browser for this online catalog. The library does still accept requests by phone or email too. The library charges a small service fee since it is a private library. Patrons are able to self register. They will receive their library cards when their music order is mailed to them.
The Chatfield Music Lending Library in Chatfield Minnesota is the only one of its kind in the world today. Dedicated to the preservation of our musical heritage, the library has collected and cataloged more than 30,000 pieces, many of which are no longer in print.
The music collection not only includes band music (the largest portion), but also orchestra, dance band, sheet music, and numerous other categories.
The library is a non-profit organization, funded solely by memberships, fees, and donations.
2018 Annual Library Membership Levels:
□ ff (fortissimo) $250
□ mf (mezzo-forte) $100
□ mp (mezzo-piano) $75
□ pp (pianissimo) $50
Library Lending Rates:
MEMBER INDIVIDUAL PARTS $ 7.00
NON-MEMBER INDIVIDUAL PARTS $ 8.00
MEMBER CONDUCTOR SCORES $ 9.00
NON-MEMBER CONDUCTOR SCORES $10.00
MEMBER FULL SET $25.00
NON-MEMBER FULL SET $30.00
Chatfield Brass Band and Music Lending Library is now able to accept donations in the form of shares of stock. For details please contact Jerel Nielsen at email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susan Johnson, email@example.com.Your generous donations can help us preserve this unique musical collection.Gifts can be given to the James Perkins Endowment Fund at the Rochester Area Foundation. Go to www.rochesterarea.org for more information.The Chatfield Brass Band and Music Lending Library is designated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for tax deduction purposes.