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Music at Oxford - a guide to libraries and resources: Libraries & Reading Rooms for Music

Subjects: Music

Libraries & Reading Rooms

Bodleian Library (Weston Library)

Mackerras Reading Room

The Music reading room of the Bodleian Library is located in the Sir Charles Mackerras Room on Level One of the Weston Library and is the reading room for all music materials. The reading room and the adjacent Gallery area contain the open shelf collections of music literature, a selection of composer collected editions and other music series, a large collection of music manuscripts on microfilm and some runs of music journals. For reasons of space, printed copies of journals which are available online are not kept on the open shelves but there is a large selection of current issues of music journals for browsing along with a display of recently-acquired books on music in the Mackerras Room.

Music manuscripts and some printed scores are kept in closed access within the building and can normally be fetched within two hours.  (There is no fetching service for Music on Saturdays.)  Most other printed music is stored offsite but can be ordered to the Mackerras Reading Room for consultation, along with other closed stack material.  Deliveries of offsite material are made twice daily (Mon-Fri) but please allow at least 24 hours for requested items to reach the reading room.  (For more details of book delivery times, click here.) If you are visiting the Library from a distance, it is advisable to contact Music section staff in advance so that we can pre-order material for you.  Music manuscripts are ordered on the green slips provided in the reading rooms.  Printed music should be requested via SOLO.  Scores stored in the Weston Library stacks can be identified by the prefix "(W)" in the shelfmark.

Within the reading room, music enquiries can be directed to the Reserve desk from where specialist assistance from Music staff can be summoned. If you need to consult music manuscripts or other special collections material, please consult Music section staff in the first instance. For help with finding music materials, click here.

Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room (Weston Library)

 

Music Faculty Library

The Music Faculty Library is located in the Music Faculty building in St Aldates and is primarily a lending collection in support of those studying and teaching Music within the University.

Music Faculty Library

Weston Library Music Open Shelf Classification

The open shelf music material in the Weston Library is classified according to the following sequence:

Mackerras Reading Room (moving clockwise from the Reserve desk):

MUS. A. – CATALOGUES OF MUSIC LIBRARIES

- union catalogues (e.g. RISM), then by country/geographical area.

MUS. B. – MUSIC BIBLIOGRAPHY

- printing/publishing, bibliographies (general/specific), etc.

MUS. C. – MUSIC DICTIONARIES

- general, specific, by country, biographical, terminology, etc.

MUS. D. – NON-COMPOSER THEMATIC CATALOGUES

- chant catalogues, guides to liturgy, etc.

MUS. E. – GENERAL MUSIC HISTORY

- by period and geographical area, theory, analysis, philosophy, aesthetics

MUS. F. – COMPOSERS

- biographies/yearbooks/thematic catalogues, etc. (A/Z by composer)

MUS. G. – MUSICAL FORMS

- histories, bibliographies and dictionaries of musical forms (opera, song, etc.)

MUS. H. – MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

- instruments (general, by family), performance practice, etc.

MUS. K. – JAZZ and POPULAR MUSIC

- dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.

MUS. M -- COMPOSER COLLECTED EDITIONS

- a selection of composer collected editions, arranged alphabetically by composer, from C.P.E. Bach to Weber. Critical commentaries are at MUS. MC. and located on the shelves in close proximity to the volumes to which they refer.

MUS. PER. RACK

- current issues of a selection of print periodicals

MUS. TRAY

- a selection of recently-published or recently-acquired books on music.

Weston Gallery (north-west corner):

MUS. PER. - MUSIC PERIODICALS

- a selection of runs and partial runs of music journals, largely confined to sequences to which we do not have electronic access

MUS. FACS. – FACSIMILES, TRANSCRIPTIONS, ETC.

- a selection of facsimile editions and transcriptions of musical sources

MUS. N. – MUSIC SERIES, MUSICAL MONUMENTS, ETC.

- a selection of music series (e.g. Musica Britannica, Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae, Recent Researches series)

Weston Gallery (west alcove):

MUS. FILMS - MUSIC MICROFILMS

- a selection of musical sources on microfilm, chiefly commercially published sets (e.g. Music from the Great British Collections)