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

  • The card catalogues (for items catalogued before 1989, not part of our online catalogues)
  • Computer terminals to access online catalogues. iDiscover includes notated music titles catalogued since 1989.
  • Audio-visual facilities for cassettes and CDs.
  • An electronic 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 (reference collection)
  • Some of the borrowable, printed music (classmarks M205-M259, sizes a-d).

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

Music periodicals can be found in various locations. The best way to find what is available in print or online is through iDiscover. Most bound music periodicals are currently housed on South Front 6. 

Music special collections, including notated music published before 1900, music manuscripts and archival materials can be consulted in the Rare Books and Manuscripts reading rooms. 

Requests for closed access items can be made in the Anderson Room during staffed opening hours or by email.

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.

The Music Department works closely together with the Pendlebury Library of Music at the Music Faculty. An overview of our collections and services, including recommended eresources for music, is available in the Music LibGuide.


Opening hours

Monday to Thursday

9am to 6:50pm (staffed 9am to 5:10pm)


9am to 6:50pm (staffed 9am to 16:50pm)


9am to 4:30pm (not staffed)

No fetching or transfers 12.30pm to 2pm, after 4:45pm (4:30pm Friday), and all day Saturday. Readers wishing to consult non-borrowable items on Saturdays, please order by 3pm 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