Royal Academy of Music Library

Contact details

Website: Email: Telephone: +44 (0)20 7873 7321/5

About the library

The library of the Royal Academy of Music holds over 135,000 items, including significant collections of orchestral sets, choral music and recordings. The extensive Special Collections and Archives have Designated status (awarded by the MLA) as collections of national and international importance. These include the personal libraries of individuals such as Henry Wood, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Mackerras, and the Robert Spencer collection of early English song and music for lute and guitar.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? Yes.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. They do not lend books or serials but may be able to supply photocopies. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of Royal Academy of Music Library's records in Library Hub Discover here.