Royal College of Music Library

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Royal College of Music Library

About the library

The Library contains a wealth of material, over 500,000 items, ranging from rare, early 16th-Century printed music to standard musical repertoire and from 78 rpm recordings to compact discs and DVDs. The collections of music literature include much rare material as well as all the major encyclopaedias, bibliographies, catalogues and standard works in most musical genres, as well as over 600 music periodical titles.

The Library also subscribes to major collected editions and scholarly anthologies. Among its special collections are the libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and the Concert of Ancient Music, as well as more specialised collections of, for example, British manuscripts, hymnology and harp and dance-band music.

The local library catalogue is available online.

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. See their website for details. 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 College of Music Library's records in Library Hub Discover here.