Music at the central Bodleian

The Music Faculty Library is normally the first port of call for Music students, with its collections being geared up primarily to support the teaching activities of the Faculty. However, there are also extensive music resources at the central Bodleian Library. Although primarily a research library, with large and important collections of manuscripts and early printed sources, it can be useful as a means of supplementing the resources of the MFL with further reference copies of heavily-used text books and with a much wider range of printed music. As a reference-only library of legal deposit, it has near-comprehensive coverage of UK publications and purchases printed music scores and secondary literature in all major European languages as widely as funds will permit.

The Music reading room is currently located in the Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room in the Weston Library, with an extensive collection of music literature on the open shelves and further recent books on open access in the Gladstone Link. Music scores and earlier literature in remote storage can be requested to the Sir Charles Mackerras reading room as required.

For more information on the Music collections of the Bodleian Library, click here.

See also the subject LibGuide for Music and the finding aids LibGuide for the Music collections.

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