You can access the music collection both in the Library and online, and you can order your own copies through our Copies Direct service. Due to the unique and fragile nature of the collection many items are not available for interlibrary loan.
In the Library
The music collection can be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room.
You can request music via the online catalogue using your National Library card - if you don’t have a National Library card you can apply for one online. For more information about searching our online catalogue, please see the Searching for music page.
The material you request will be delivered to the reading room according to the collection delivery times.
A musical keyboard and a computer with Sibelius music notation software are available for use in the Special Collections Reading Room. To arrange access to these facilities, please enquire at the Special Collections Reading Room desk or contact us ahead of your visit.
Over 14,000 scores from the Library's collection have been digitised and made freely available online.
To find the digitised scores, visit our online catalogue and use the “Music” and “NLA digital material” filters to narrow your results.
Please see the Searching for music page for more information about searching the catalogue.
You may be able to order copies of items from the Library's music collection copy using our Copies Direct service. Please see the Copies Direct page for more information about costs, delivery methods and copyright restrictions.
A range of music reference books are available in the Main Reading Room, including:
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (six volumes)
Popular Song Index (five volumes)
Australian Folk Song (twelve volumes)
The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (three volumes)