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Finding Aids - Music Collections: Printed Music

A guide to the finding aids available for the music collections in the Bodleian Library.

SOLO (Search Oxford Libraries Online)

Practically all the Bodleian's printed music should now be accessible online via SOLO. The data from the card catalogues previously located in the former Music Reading Room has now been keyed and added to SOLO. While this means that printed music scores are now all catalogued in one place, a certain variety in cataloguing styles and a small amount of duplication may be noticeable.

Card catalogues (ONLINE VERSION)

Although the data from the old card catalogues has now been added to SOLO and SOLO should always be the first place to start looking for printed music scores, the old catalogue cards have been scanned and can still be browsed online. It should be stressed that the information on the cards may no longer be current. All stack requests (hold requests) for music scores should now be made via SOLO.

Using the Online Card catalogues

In fact, several distinct catalogues are included:

  • Main card catalogue
  • Supplementary slip catalogue
  • Light music catalogue (Names & Titles)
  • Partial index to music manuscripts (Names & Titles)
  • Music manuscripts on microfilm
  • Music in other collections

To expand the branches of the ‘tree’ in the left-hand panel, click on the arrow heads to the left of the folders or, where there is no arrow head, on the folder itself. Once you drill down below the level of initial letters, the index term given alongside the folders represents the heading on the first card in each sequence. Move from one card to the next by using the left and right arrow buttons at the top of the screen or, to jump to another point in the ‘drawer’, drag the round button along the bar at the foot of the screen. 

British Union-Catalogue of Early Music

In addition to the Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room copy (shelfmarked MUS.AB.1), an interleaved copy of The British Union-Catalogue of Early Music, partially annotated with Bodleian shelfmarks and additions is available on request.