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Online Catalogues

  • iDiscover: includes books about music, manuscript and printed notated music and online resources (but not all music resources are included)
  • ArchiveSearch: archival materaisl relating to music 
  • MUS-MAX-MIP OPAC (up to Jul 2002, includes music manuscripts and not yet catalogued items) 

Card catalogues

The main music card catalogue, containing entries for ca. 300,000 scores, is located in the Anderson Room. It was begun in 1934 and was closed in 1989. The arrangement of cards under each composer is classified and the guide card for most composers' names gives a list of the classification numbers, which are at the top of each card. There are often additional entries for editors. Anonymous works and collections are entered under title.

The supplementary catalogue of secondary music is in two parts, both located in the Anderson Room. The first covers the period from 1853 to 1911, and the second, which is a card catalogue, covers the years 1912 to 1983. From 1984 all secondary music is on the online catalogue.


Further facts about finding materials

All music catalogued since 1990, including secondary music after 1983, can be found by searching the online catalogue. It is important to search both the online and card catalogues in order to find music published before 1990. If you cannot find what you need, please ask a librarian in the Anderson Room. We will be able to check for you whether music may have been received but has not yet been processed. There is a considerable backlog of uncatalogued material (c. 55,000 items) so it really is worth asking.

Next to the supplementary catalogue is the catalogue of sound recordings. This contains many 'non-standard' entries for records and CDs in the Booth Collection of Twentieth-Century Music. Cassettes and CDs may be fetched and listened to in the Anderson Room.

Music manuscripts are catalogued with the printed music in the main section of the online catalogue. 

Archival materials relating to music can be found on ArchiveSearch, by consulting handlists and dedicated webpages, or by contacting the music department.

All music periodicals can be found on journal title in the online catalogue. Bound music periodicals are kept at P409-classmarks (shelved at South Frton 6); for unbound (including latest issues) please search the online catalogue.

Some research outputs of music scholars at the University of Cambridge are available on Apollo