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The National Library of Australia runs the Australian ISMN Agency. An ISMN is a free 13-digit number that is used to uniquely identify notated music publications anywhere in the world. 

To register and apply for an ISMN for your music publications visit the Agency website

The National Library of Australia holds the largest research collection of music in Australia.

The collection contains over 300,000 published and unpublished scores from both Australia and overseas, as well as an extensive archive of sound recordings of Australian folk songs.

The Library also collects a wide range of reference works about music and musical life, including books, journals, eResources, concert programs, images, pictures collections and more. 

The collection of music and music-related materials forms an important record of Australian culture. 

In the Library

Music collection materials are made available in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Requests for materials may be made via the Library's online catalogue using a Library card. Materials are delivered to the reading room according to our collection delivery times.


Over 13,000 scores from the music collection have been digitised and made freely available online. To find them, search the online catalogue and narrow the format to 'Music'. Then, use the 'Narrow Search' function find 'NLA digitised material'. 

Copies Direct

You can order copies of music in the Library's collection using the Copies Direct service. Fees and copyright restrictions apply.



Legal deposit preserves the documentary heritage of Australia. 

You are required to deposit a copy of your music publications with the National Library of Australia. 

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The National Library accepts donations of collection material, including sheet music.  

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