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Guide to library resources for Music

Finding Music Scores

The Library's collection of music scores is held on Level 4 of the Main Library.  We have a very large number of older scores, particularly pre-1950 and even pre 1900.  Recent musical material has been added to more selectively, but there have been a number of initiatives over the last couple of years to expand our range.

For all well-known composers, we should have all the critical editions as well as practical editions.

  • Scores (including miniature scores) are at classmark M
  • Literature about Music is at classmark ML
  • Musical instruction and study is at classmark MT

To find a specific score:

  • Check first of all in SAULCAT, the online catalogue.
    Composer's name and / or keywords from the title of the work will help retrieve details of the score, if it is held.

However, if a search in SAULCAT does not prove successful:

  • Look also in the Music Scores catalogue:
    This is in separate volumes at the end of the A-Z sequence of PAGE-CAT volumes, on Level 4 of the Library. This catalogue is arranged alphabetically by composer.

To find a range of free Music Scores which are available online use the Internet Resources tab at the top of the screen.


Welcome to your Subject Guide for Music. Specialist resources for music are listed below. These will help you find journal articles and other academic material and also include sound databases allowing you to listen to a range of music and view opera. You'll find information about our music scores collection on the left of the screen.

Music Resources

Below is a list of music databases. Use these to find  articles from journals and professional publications, detailed essays from books and reference works, biographies and primary source material.

Music & Sound Databases

Image Databases

SEEKER allows you to search multiple library databases at once and is particularly useful for finding interdisciplinary material. Results will include relevant books, journal articles, newspapers and theses. Use the Advanced Search to combine your keywords.

You'll find a number of useful options on the SEEKER screen. Ticking "You have access (print or online) will bring back all the items that are available to you at St Andrews.

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Concert adverts, programs and reviews

The Library has access to a number of useful sources for finding adverts, programs and reviews relating to concerts and music festivals.

19th Century

20th and 21st Century

Subject Guide

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Hilda McNae
Senior Librarian (Academic Liaison)

University of St Andrews Library, KY16 9TR

Tel: 01334 462298

Music Collections

New Music books in the Library

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