Museum: Library

Contact details:

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7873 7321 or 7323

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Also see Using the Library.

In addition to the facilities you would expect for undergraduate and postgraduate students, the library has historical collections of international significance and is a recognised centre for research.

The Library has over 200,000 items, including early printed and manuscript materials, a substantial collection of recordings and audio facilities. Students can apply for access to the University of London Library and the British Library if they require yet further resources.

The Library houses archives of many eminent musicians and the Orchestral Library has about 4,000 sets of parts, constantly augmented with new acquisitions. Important research collections include the libraries of Sir Henry Wood and Otto Klemperer.

Librarian: Kathryn Adamson
Assistant Librarians: Rosalind Cyphus, Adam Taylor
Library Assistants: Lesley DanielRebecca Nye, Claire Sharpe and Ilse Woloszko
Special Collections cataloguer: Barbara Diana

Term-Time Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am–6pm
Saturdays: 9am–12pm (Junior Academy terms only)

Vacation hours vary and are advertised in the Library Information section in the library’s online catalogue.

Orchestral Library

The Orchestral Library is run by the Concerts Department. Please see the information pages here.

Choral Library

The Choral Library contains an extensive range of choral sets which are included in the online catalogue; for a fee these are available for loan outside the Academy. Enquiries should be addressed to the Library,

Special Collections

The Special Collections and Archives were awarded Designated status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in recognition of their significance. The Library has manuscript and early printed music collections of international significance, including the R.J.S. Stevens Collection, holograph manuscripts by Elgar, Purcell, Stanford, Sullivan and Vaughan Williams, and various musicians’ correspondence.

Other noteworthy collections include:

  • Henry Wood’s library
  • Otto Klemperer’s library
  • David Munrow Collection
  • The Foyle Menuhin Archive
  • John Barbirolli archive
  • Otto Goldschmidt/Jenny Lind archive

Enquiries about holdings in these areas should be directed to the Library,

Microfilms or pdfs of materials in the Special Collections may be ordered on payment of a fee. For further details, please contact the Library:


For enquiries concerning past students:

  • For students who left before 1945, contact the Library on
  • For students who left after 1945, contact the Registry by calling 020 7873 7393 or emailing

For verification of Royal Academy of Music qualifications gained, past results and references please contact the Registry on 020 7873 7393 or

Senate House Library

Students may also use Senate House Library of the University of London. Students will need to present a current Academy Student Card when joining the Senate House Library and can pre-register online prior to their first visit.