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Rare Books & Music Reading Room

The Rare Books & Music Reading Room has a wealth of information and resources to help you in your research.

It is the enquiry point for pre-1851 printed books in English and other West European languages, together with the national reference collections of printed music and post-1500 music manuscripts.

In the Rare Books & Music Reading Room you can:

If you need help, just ask our Information Specialists at the Reference Enquiry desk.

We also offer a series of workshops to help you with your research and to help you to make the best use of the Library's collections.

Collection items available on the open access shelves 

Selected catalogues, bibliographies, indexes and other quick reference materials relating to early printed books, together with general music reference sources including dictionaries, biographies of musicians and thematic catalogues.