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The Joe Chithalen Memorial Music Instrument Lending Library

Our lending and teaching program fosters music appreciation, knowledge, community enrichment and provides opportunities for youth and adults to meet their full potential.

1,000+ Instruments

The library has over 1,000 instruments and resources including guitars, keyboards, drums, horns, violins, percussion, amplifiers, exotic instruments, sheet music, and much more – and they’re all available to borrow … free of charge!

Free of Charge

Stop by the library, register ($15) and pick an instrument. Our coordinator will be happy to answer questions and help you find the right instrument to borrow. Our technicians have vast experience in repairing, maintaining and restoring musical instruments of all kinds.

A Volunteer-Run, Registered Charity

We are a registered charity in Kingston, Ontario founded by musician, Wally High, in memory of his friend and band member, the late Joe Chithalen, who was a talented bass player in several well-known Kingston bands. Joe’s M.I.L.L. operates in tribute to Joe’s love of music, so that anyone who wants to can enjoy playing music as much as he did.


  • Weekday Parking: Monday to Friday 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. If you are visiting the Tett Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. there are parking spots available in the lower lot (green) at a cost of $2.50 per hour. Use the Pay and Display machine to purchase your time.
  • Weeknight Parking: Monday to Friday after 5 p.m. Parking is free after 5 p.m. in the lower parking lot unless there is an event taking place on site. Signs will be posted outside the main entrance of either facility or visit the event calendars at or
  • Weekend Parking: Saturday and Sunday: Parking is free all day Saturday and Sunday in the lower parking lot unless there is an event taking place on site. Signs will be posted outside the main entrance of either facility or visit the event calendars at or
  • Event Parking: Important – During an event at The Isabel, a flat rate of $5.00 will be enforced and tickets must be purchased using the Pay and Display machines in both the upper and lower lots.
  • Accessible Parking: There are a number of accessible parking spaces available in the in both the lower parking lot and the upper lot across from the Tett. Please ensure your accessible parking permit is visible and follow the signage requirements as indicated.
  • Drop-off and Pick-up: There are three drop-off spots in front of the Tett. Please note these spots can only be used for up to 5 minutes. There is also a drop-off area available in the turn-around but cars cannot be left unattended as this is also a fire route.
  • Off-site Parking: Parking is also available on some of the side streets located close to the Tett but make sure to note restrictions and please do not block driveways. St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital (Providence Continuing Care) has a parking lot that can be accessed from Union Street at a cost of $2 per hour ($6/day maximum) and is about a 10 minute walk from the Tett.

Public Transit

The Kingston Transit busses 3 and 20 stop right in front of the Tett Centre as well as the Xpress busses 501 and 502. Plan your bus trip. There are also a number of bicycle racks on site and a special pedestrian crossing located on King Street.




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Opening Hours

  • MondayClosed
  • Tuesday 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Wednesday 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Thursday 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Friday 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Saturday 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • SundayClosed