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Music reference service

If you have a question about printed or manuscript music in the British Library, the Music Reference Team can assist you. You can make an enquiry by email, telephone, fax or letter, or in person at the Music Enquiries desk in the Rare Books & Music Reading Room.

The Music Reference Service is staffed at all times during Rare Books & Music Reading Room opening hours.

We regret that we are not able to undertake complex or lengthy research on your behalf, nor to answer music enquiries that do not relate to the British Library's collections. If an enquiry is likely to take more than 30 minutes, and you are not able to visit the Library to carry out the research yourself, we may advise you to employ the services of a professional researcher.


Music Reference Team
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

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