The Mitchell Library has an extensive collection of music resources ranging from sheet music and songbooks to special collections.
Books and periodicals cover theory, history and biography. Other material includes music scores, sheet music and instrumental tutors. Although the majority of the stock is reference only, some material is available for lending to library card holders.
There are music practice carrels on Level 4 where you can practice on our pianos or with your own instrument. (Charges apply).
The library has a large selection of orchestral, vocal, choral and chamber music for hire by individuals, music societies, schools and colleges. Vocal scores include opera, musicals and sacred works.
Please see our downloadable leaflets which list Orchestral and Vocal scores for hire or indicate your areas of interest to staff. Charges apply.
Specialised music indexes to our collections are available and there is a small selection of audio items which are for reference only.
Special Music Collections, such as the Kidson Collection (18th and 19th century British Music) and the Moody Manners Opera Company Archive are part of Special Collections, located on Level 2 of The Mitchell.
The ultimate archive of music journalism contains classic articles on artists from Elvis Presley to Eminem, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop and by the finest music writers of the last 50 years including Lester Bangs and Nick Kent.
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