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.

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 houses archives of many eminent musicians. 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.

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Using the Library

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.

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 in recognition of their significance by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (now part of Arts Council England, ACE).

The Library has manuscript and early printed music collections of international significance, including the RJS Stevens Collection, holograph manuscripts by Elgar, Purcell, Stanford, Sullivan and Vaughan Williams, and various musicians’ correspondence.

Other noteworthy collections include:

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: telephone +44 (0)20 7873 7393 / Email

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

Contact us

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

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