Find audio-visual materials


The Bodleian Music Faculty Library has a large collection of sound recordings, comprising over 5000 CDs and around 14,500 LPs. CDs are on open access and can be found on the lower ground floor arranged in alphabetical order by composer. Our extensive collection of opera CDs is shelved separately from the main sequence, in the Library Mac Lab, along with the Jazz, Popular music and World music recordings. It is possible to listen to the CDs in the library using the listening equipment provided. Headphones must be collected from staff at the circulation desk. Members of the University may borrow CDs on a 'week loan' basis.


Around 200 DVDs, primarily of opera performances, can be found on open access on the ground floor of the library. There are facilities for watching DVDs in the audio-visual resources room on the top floor. It is not necessary to book the room but please ask staff at the circulation desk for headphones and remote controls before beginning a viewing. Members of the University may borrow DVDs on a 'short loan' basis.

Uncatalogued Collections

Oresko opera recordings: 

In March 2011 a large collection of opera CDs was donated to the library by the late Robert Oresko. In order to make this extremely useful collection available to readers as quickly as possible, we have compiled the following spreadsheet containing important details about the recordings, as well as information about their locations in the library. Please note that most of these items are not yet catalogued on SOLO but will be added systematically over time. The spreadsheet is indexed by composer and is also searchable by using the Ctrl+F function.

Download the list here (PDF)

LP record collection: 

Most of our extensive LP collection is accessible via the card catalogue, which is located on the ground floor of the library. 

In addition to the main collection there are a number of items, also kept behind the library reserve, that are only detailed in the following spreadsheet. The list may be searched by composer, record label or by artist. Please ask staff if you would like any help locating the sound recording that you require.

Download the list here (Word). 


Though we are gradually replacing those operas we have on VHS with DVD versions, we still have some operas on VHS only. Many are uncatalogued on SOLO but are accessible via the library's card catalogue. Videos may be viewed in the audio-visual resources room on the top floor and booking is not necessary. However, please ask at the circulation desk for headphones and remote controls.


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