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Collections

The Pendlebury Library supports both research and undergraduate and graduate teaching at the Music Faculty. The library houses an outstanding collection of music scores, books, sound recordings, video recordings and periodical titles and provides access to various online music resources; it also contains significant research materials, including microfilms, rare books and facsimiles.

Music and Books on music

Most of the collections on the open shelves are available for loan. Some items from the closed-access XP classmarks may be borrowed overnight, or used in the library during the day. Volumes from the Collected Editions (Pa.200 classmark), Rare books (XR classmarks) and other reference materials (Ref./Ra/Rb/Rc classmarks, M.Phil theses, microforms) may only be used in the library. All pre-1900 materials are on closed access and are reference only.

Books and scores that are in very heavy demand (mostly for Tripos courses) are designated as overnight only (these have a blue ‘Overnight Loan’ label on the spine).

The library possesses multiple copies of scores of some standard works (Pa/Pb/Pc.900-999 classmarks). Individual copies of scores may be borrowed in the normal way, for the standard loan period.


Sound recordings and video recordings

Sound and video recordings are shelved on closed access. Equipment is available in the library; in addition to playback facilities, there are some rudimentary copying facilities. Please note that the copying setups are very much ‘DIY’ and staff are unable to help with copying or provide detailed copyright guidance; manuals are available. The library subscribes to Naxos (passwords are available at the issue desk)

Reading Room and reference materials

  • Periodicals: most current issues are available online only, others will be found in the rack by the door; previous issues are shelved in the main A-Z sequence. There is a second periodical sequence of boxes containing single, miscellaneous issues or imperfect sets of certain titles.
  • Exam papers: Sets of recent Tripos exam papers (together with supplementary booklets containing Aural ‘answers’, extracts and facsimiles, etc.).
  • Course readings, etc.: Some lecturers provide sets of recommended readings for their courses. Generally, these are boxed and shelved on open-access in the reference area. (NB: Some College supervisors also place readings in the library – these are located in the Photocopying Room)

Online resources

The University provide a wide range of online resources, which can be found searching library catalogues and dedicated pages. A selection of music resources is available on:

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