The University offers a range of specialist and general texts, journals, rare and early printed sources, manuscripts and electronic resources for the study of Music.
The Barber Music Library
The Barber Music Library houses a general and specialist research level collection of texts especially strong in Baroque music, 20th-century English music and 20th-century Italian music.
The collection includes
- Collected editions
- The library subscribes to over 60 periodicals for music and provides access to many rare and historic titles through electronic and paper holdings
- Extensive microfilm collection
- Vinyl recordings CDs and DVDs of historic performances
We have a general collection of books, etc in Zone 4B of the Main Library.
Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections holds a number of archive collections related to prominent composers available for research. Including Edward Elgar, Granville Bantock, Christopher Edmunds, and Percy Grainger. Also held is a significant collection of scores of musical works commissioned by the John Feeney Charitable Trust as first performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; the Music Manuscript collection; the Shaw-Hellier Collection (18th century music manuscripts), and many other archival collections. Please contact the Cadbury Research Library if you’d like further information.
For further information on collection holdings or for advice on how to access our Music collections, please contact: