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Music scores (sheet music)

We can help you track down the music score you need.

Our collection of more than 130,000 music scores covers most things from facsimile reprints of medieval manuscripts to the latest pop hits. It is strongest in recent publications, but a substantial number of older publications, including hard to find out-of-print material, have also been acquired to form the basis of a general music collection.

The role of the British Library's Document Supply music service is of great importance to music libraries...” - IAML (UK)

Particular strengths are:

  • Collected editions
  • Scholarly series
  • Facsimile reprints.

    The above are rarely available for loan from any other source.

Other strengths include:

  • A large number of scores of contemporary composers, including some specially produced items not normally available for sale
  • A wide variety of new performing editions of older chamber, instrumental and vocal music
  • We index works held in anthologies, including popular songs - they may not be available separately
  • Willingness to acquire, where possible, items/editions not already held

We do not hold sets of orchestral parts or multiple copies of vocal scores. Details of orchestral sets held by libraries in the UK can be found in the Encore online catalogue.

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