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About the music collections

The British Library has a world-famous collection of printed and manuscript music, music recordings, concert programmes and books and periodicals on music.

The Library's music collections encompass all types of music (classical, popular, world and traditional music) and all formats, from manuscripts to audio downloads.

We have a team of specialist music staff who acquire, catalogue and promote the use of the music collections. We provide access to the music collections in the Reading Rooms of the British Library and, in some cases, online. It's also possible to obtain reproductions (paper copies or digital) of many of our music items.

We have recently launched a blog, Music in the British Library, where you can read about our latest acquisitions and projects.

To find our more about our printed music, manuscript music, books, periodicals and concert programmes and sound recordings, and how to search for them in the Library's catalogues, please follow the links on the right.

Some of our music treasures are on display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library. To consult other material on-site at the Library, you will need to register for a Reader's Pass.


Music Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7772
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7751

E-mail: Ask the Music Reference Team