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British Library music online

The British Library is digitising and making available online some of its most important collections of music recordings and printed and manuscript music. This page gives information on what is available online and what is coming soon.

The British Library holds one of the most important collections of music recordings and scores in the world. We have already digitised some of the most famous items in the collection and we are committed to making more material available online, where copyright permits.

Music recordings online

A selection of music recordings is available for online listening on the British Library Sounds website.

There you can search and browse the Classical Music collection, Jazz and Popular Music recordings and World and Traditional Music collection.

British Library Sounds contains a very small proportion of our music recordings. Much material cannot be made available online for copyright reasons. However, you can listen to thousands more music recordings on the SoundServer computer terminals at the British Library.

Music manuscripts online

The following complete manuscripts are available on the British Library's Digitised Manuscripts website.

In addition, the famous keyboard manuscript My Ladye Nevells Booke is available in the Library's online gallery.

Coming soon:

The remaining autograph manuscripts of Mozart held by the British Library.

The complete collection of music manuscripts formerly owned by Stefan Zweig, including music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Wagner.

The music manuscripts of Benjamin Britten.

Digitised printed sheet music

Two collections of digitised printed music from the British Library are currently available online:

Early Music Online

More than 300 rare or unique music books from the 16th century, made available online in association with Royal Holloway, University of London.

Victorian Popular Music

Illustrated sheet music for 188 songs from the Victorian era.