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The music collections are housed in the Anderson Room, on South Front 1 and  Corridor, and on the South Wing 1 Corridor.

The Anderson Room is the reading room for music, and contains:

  • The card catalogues (for items catalogued before 1989, and which are not findable online!)
  • Computer terminals to access iDiscover for everything catalogued since 1989.
  • Audio-visual facilities for cassettes, CDs and DVDs, and a computer terminal dedicated to accessing the Naxos classical library, and other music sound resources.
  • An e-piano which can be used for playing through music in the collection (headphones can be borrowed during staffed opening hours).
  • Reference books (dictionaries, bibliographies, thematic catalogues, library catalogues, discographies, etc.)
  • Historical sets, collected editions of composers, and monuments of music (which are not borrowable), and the first part of the open access borrowable collections.
  • Some of the borrowable, printed music (classmarks M205-M259, sizes a-d).

Requests for closed access items and for assistance with the catalogues should be made to the Enquiry Desk in the Anderson Room during the staffed opening hours.

Readers are reminded that the Anderson Room office is closed on Saturdays. If you wish to consult non-borrowable music materials please order them by 3 pm on a Friday so that they can be transferred to the Manuscripts Reading Room ready for you to use on Saturday.


Opening hours


9:00-18:50 (staffed 9:00-17:10)


9:00-18:50 (staffed 9:00-16:50)


9:00-16:30 (not staffed)

No fetching or transfers 12.30-14.00, after 16.45 (16.30 Friday), and all day Saturday. Readers wishing to consult non-borrowable items on Saturdays, please order by 15.00 on Friday, for transfer to the Manuscripts Reading Room for consultation.

Contact us

Music Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 

01223 333072 / +44 1223 333072
01223 333077 / +44 1223 333077
01223 333079 / +44 1223 333079
01223 333116 / +44 1223 333116
01223 766372 / +44 1223 766372

Enquiries to: music[replacewithatsign]

Staff: Anna Pensaert, Margaret Jones, Justin Burrows, Kate Crane & Sarah Chapman