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Music for Continuing Education short courses: Books

This guide is intended for students studying Music at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

Finding books

On this page you can find out about:

  • Using SOLO to find books in Oxford Libraries 
  • Browsing the shelves at the Continuing Education Library for books on Music
  • Finding books beyond Oxford

Using SOLO to find books in Oxford Libraries

You can use SOLO to find e-books and print books in Oxford Libraries.   Please see our top tips below or for more information see the SOLO  or E-Books LibGuides.

Top Tips

  • Sign in to SOLO with your Oxford Single Sign on (SSO) or Library card details. 
  • Use the drop down menu to 'Search everything' or to specify 'online resources' (e.g. e-books) or a specific library
  • Click 'View online' to link to an ebook or digital item
  • For print book click 'Find and request' to see which libraries have the book, whether its available or out on loan, to place a reservation (for a book that is out on loan) and to order items from the 'closed stacks'   
  • Which Libraries can you use?  This depends on which course you are taking.     If you're not sure which Libraries you can use, check the information on the 'Home' tab above.

Screenshot of SOLO options

Browsing your subject in the Continuing Education Library

Books of interest to Music students are shelved in the Lower Library under the following classification numbers (Dewey Decimal Classification):

780.9 History of Music        781.65    Jazz
780.92    Music Analysis 781.71 Church Music
780.92 Musicians 782 Opera
781 Music Theory 782-784 Songs
781.6 Rock Music 784 Musical Instruments
781.6 Traditions of Music 784.2 Orchestral Music
781.64 Popular Music 785 Chamber Music


Oversize books are located in the Lower Library (001 – 939) and pamphlets can be found in the Lower Library (001-999).

Searching for books beyond Oxford

Purchase suggestions

If you would like to request a resource for purchase, please contact giving full details of the book and brief details of the course or project you are working on.     Alternatively please fill in the book suggestion form.

Scan and deliver

If you can't get to Oxford to borrow the book, you can request a scan of one chapter to be sent to you.  Sign in to SOLO and choose 'Offsite scan' (for items in the closed stack) or LibraryScan (for items in libraries)

Useful links


Here's a sample of e-books you can find on SOLO.

E-book collections

Many e-books are part of collections. By going to the collection, you can search across all books, or sometimes a subject sub set. Some of the main collections which include Music are listed here.