Music library, Leipzig, 1985
Music library, Leipzig, 1985

A music library contains music-related materials for patron use. Collections may also include non-print materials, such as digitized music scores or audio recordings. Use of such materials may be limited to specific patron groups, especially in private academic institutions. Music library print collections include dictionaries and encyclopedias, indexes and directories, printed music, music serials, bibliographies, and other music literature.


Traditionally, there are four types of music libraries:

  1. Those developed to support departments of music in university or college settings;
  2. Those developed to support conservatories and schools of music;
  3. Those housed within public libraries;
  4. Those developed as independent libraries or archives supporting music organizations.

Musical instrument library

A musical instrument library lends or shares musical instruments. Examples can be found in Canada;[1][2] Perth, Australia;[3] and Massachusetts,[4][5][6] Illinois,[7] Ohio,[8] Washington[9] and New Paltz, New York[10] in the United States.

Other uses

See also


  1. ^ "Joe's M.I.L.L." Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Toronto Public Library creates city's 1st musical instrument lending program", CBC, 7 April 2016
  3. ^ "Instrument Lenders Canada Archived 2013-06-11 at the Wayback Machine ... an instrument lending library, situated in Perth County, which supplies instruments mainly to youth at no cost for up to 6 months." Perth County Social Research and Planning Council (2007), Voices of Youth
  4. ^ "The Musary, a Hamilton-based nonprofit "lending library" of musical instruments." James Sullivan (15 Dec 2011), "Sharing the music: in honor of a late Hamilton resident, lending library brings instruments to students at the Beverly School for the Deaf", Boston Globe
  5. ^ The South Shore Folk Music Club of Kingston, Massachusetts, maintains an instrument lending library. Judith Montminy (27 Sep 1998), "For club, it's been 20 years strumming", Boston Globe
  6. ^ Sheffield Bushnell-Sage Library. Ukulele. Massachusetts: CW/MARS. Retrieved Oct 14, 2012.
  7. ^ "Oddmusic Instrumentarium". Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, US. 2010-03-21. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Guitar Lending Collection at Licking County Library", Library as Incubator Project, USA, December 2014
  9. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (March 7, 2014), "Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond", New York Times, retrieved March 8, 2014
  10. ^ Ward, Terence P. "Music for the masses: The New Paltz instrument library". Hudson Valley One. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  11. ^ Jeffrey Schnapp; Matthew Battles (2014). Library Beyond the Book. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-72503-4.

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