Musical ScoreThe University offers a range of specialist and general texts, journals, rare and early printed sources, manuscripts and electronic resources for the study of Music.

Our libraries

The Main Library

The Main 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

Special Collections

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.