UK Music Libraries and Archives in the Best of the Web UK Directory

UK Music Libraries and Archives

AKM Music

Browse royalty free music for business use, commercial productions, non-commercial projects, and broadcasting.

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads

Offers a catalogue and digitised copies of their collection of over 30,000 broadside ballads in several major collections.

The British Music Collection

Consists of over 30,000 scores and recordings from contemporary British composers, mostly dating from 1960 onwards; includes a catalogue and details of public access. Held in the University of Huddersfield.


An on-line guide to music collections in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland, searchable by period, people, place, subject, tradition, and institution.

Concert Programmes

An online catalogue of concert programme collections held by leading libraries, archives and museums in the UK and Ireland, searchable by period, person, place, and subject.

The EMI Group Archive Trust

Maintains a number of collections covering many aspects of the music industry, and artefacts associated with EMI's achievements in television, radar, and medicine; with a guide to current projects, catalogue, and information for visitors and researchers.

Henry Watson Music Library

Incorporated in Manchester Central Library; includes a guide to their collections of manuscripts and early printed music, printed music, and choral and orchestral music available for hire to performing groups and societies.

Library of Light Orchestral Music

A library maintained by the Light Music Society for its members; includes information about their collection of orchestral sets, many unobtainable elsewhere, and how to join.

Music Preserved

Dedicated to preserving archive recordings of music performances, oral history interviews and a small collection of video recordings; includes a catalogue, audio samples, details of their record label, and locations of their listening centres in York and London.

National Jazz Archive

Aims to be the national repository and research centre for printed material, photographs and memorabilia relating to jazz. Includes a guide to their collections in Loughton, Essex, with newsletters and contacts.

The National Pipe Organ Register (NPOR)

Contains details of 31,000 organs around the country, with pictures, an archive of sound recordings, and a listing of organ builders.

Naxos Music Library

Online music library with recordings from over 320 independent labels, and music related resources. Free home access available though many county library websites, and subscriptions.

Oxford Music Online

Subscription service with free access provided for the members of many public libraries. Includes thousands of articles, composer work lists, timelines, and access to the Oxford Companion to Music, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music.

RĂ©pertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)

The UK's contribution to an international programme to locate and catalogue all surviving musical sources dating from the earliest times to about 1850. Includes an online catalogue, image gallery, and list of publications.

University of York Sound Archives

Maintains several collections of sound recordings available for teaching, research and listening; specialises in non-commercial, off-air and unreleased recordings.

The Word on the Street

An interactive guide to the National Library of Scotland's collection of over 1,800 broadsides, dating from 1650 to 1910, with facsimiles, notes, and commentary.

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