Hiring sets of scores from public libraries seems to be getting more difficult. These links may help people, offering alternatives:
The gerontius music hire database contains the music libraries of a number of choirs from around the UK. The lists of scores are maintained by the choirs themselves.The database currently lists over 9000 sets of scores. Sets contain from 1 copy to over 300 copies.
Here’s a listing of music available for hire or sale from a particular choir or other resource:
One of the main public library music hire collections, The Yorkshire Libraries and Information (YLI) Music and Drama Service in Balne Lane, Wakefield, closed in 2012. A classic example of conservatives free market ideology failing again. The collect was transferred to a ‘social enterprise’ i.e. a private company. However this great plan backfired with them subsequently declaring themselves bankrupt. Luckily Leeds public library, specifically the Music and Performing Arts library, have taken on this important national music collection. The general library database can be found at http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/leeds/ however I don’t think the ‘hiring music collection’ is online yet. You can email the Music and Performing Arts library, directly at email@example.com