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date: 20 February 2020


  • Rita Benton


This article provides a survey of institutional libraries containing source materials of Western music. It does not deal with libraries of recorded sound, with privately owned libraries, with collections of instruments, or in a substantive way with collections of non-Western or traditional materials (which are referred to in entries on the cultures concerned). See also Archives and music; Collections, private; International Association of Music Information Centres; Sound archives; Instruments, collections of.

The English term ‘library’, related to the Latin liber for book (the words in most Western languages, Fr. bibliothèque, Ger. Bibliothek and It. biblioteca, derive from the Greek biblos for book and thēkufor container), generally stands for a collection or repository of books. In contradistinction, an archive (often used in the plural) is defined as an organized body of records, often of an official or governmental nature, or the place where they are stored (see Archives and music...

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Munich, Frauenkirche [on loan to D-FS]
Paris, Conservatoire [in F-Pn]
Paris, Radio France, Documentation Musicale
Montauban, Bibliothèque Municipale Antonin Perbosc
Lille, Bibliothèque Municipale Jean Levy
Paris, Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal
Strasbourg, Université des Sciences Humaines, Institut de Musicologie
Paris, Bibliothèque Ste-Geneviève
Nantes, Bibliothèque Municipale, Médiathèque
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Laon, Bibliothèque Municipale
Autun, Bibliothèque Municipale
Angers, Bibliothèque Municipale
Mulhouse, Bibliothèque Municipale
Troyes, Bibliothèque Municipale
Moulins, Bibliothèque Municipale
Moscow, Gosudarstvennïy Tsentral′nïy Muzey Musïkal′noy Kul′turï imeni M.I. Glinki
Vierteljahrsschrift für Musikwissenschaft
Acta musicologica
Montbéliard, Bibliothèque Municipale
Chantilly, Musée Condé
Orléans, Médiathèque
Amiens, Bibliothèque Municipale
Munich, Theatinerkirche St Kajetan
Chicago, University, Joseph Regenstein Library, Music Collection
Marseilles, Conservatoire de Musique et de Déclamation
Paris, Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra
Strasbourg, Union Sainte Cécile, Bibliothéque Musicale du Grand Séminaire
Colmar, Bibliothèque de la Ville
Portugaliae musica
Milan, Biblioteca della Casa Ricordi
Fontes artis musicae
Metz, Médiathèque
Lyons, Bibliothèque Municipale
Glasgow, University Library
Aix-en-Provence, Bibliothèque Méjanes
St Petersburg, Rossiyskaya Natsional′naya Biblioteka
Châlons-en-Champagne, Bibliothèque Municipale
Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Music Division
Versailles, Bibliothèque
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung
Chartres, Bibliothèque Municipale
International Musicological Society: Congress Report [1930-]
Sborník prací filosofické [filozofické] fakulty brnenské university [univerzity]
Toulouse, Bibliothèque Municipale
Montpellier, Bibliothèque Inter-Universitaire, Section Médecine
Strasbourg, Bibliothèque du Conservatoire
Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine
Agen, Archives Départementales de Lot-et-Garonne
Clermont-Ferrand, Bibliothèque Municipale et Interuniversitaire, Département Patrimoine
Tours, Bibliothèque Municipale
Dieppe, Fonds Anciens et Local, Médiathèque Jean Renoir
Strasbourg, Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire
Paris, Société d'Histoire du Protestantisme Français, Bibliothèque
Arras, Médiathèque Municipale
Munich, Staatsarchiv
Dijon, Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau, Bibliothèque
Paris, Bibliothèque Pierre Aubry
Valenciennes, Bibliothèque Municipale
Lancaster, District Central Library