General Classmarks for Music

Aesthetics 780.1
Analysis—Form 781.5
Ballet 792.8
Bibliographies 016.78-016.7933
Biographies (Composers, conductors, performers) 780.92
Dance 793.3
Dictionaries 780.3-780.393
Education and Pedagogy 780.7
Electronic music 789.98
Ethnomusicology 781.7
Film Music 782.85
History of music in different countries 780.93-780.99
Instruments and instrumental music, general 785
Jazz 785.8
Keyboard instruments, general 786
Music and technology 789.98
Music therapy 781.1
Opera 782
Popular Music 785.9
Records and recording 789.9
Rock 785.9
Sacred music, general 783
Secular vocal music, general 784
Stringed instruments, general 787
Theory 781
Timpani, percussion, mechanical instruments 789
Wind instruments 788

Senate House Library
Research Librarian: Colin J.P. Homiski
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Tel. 020 7862 8457
Senate House Library Research Guides
Collection overview
A comprehensive collection of books on music, scores and periodicals, with material
from the 15
century to the present day. It covers primarily the music of Europe and the
Americas (North and South) from earliest times to the present with smaller sections on
the music of Africa and Asia, ethnomusicology, film music, popular music and various
forms of dance. The scores collection is especially strong in collected editions, histori-
cal sets and facsimile music manuscripts in addition to the substantial holdings of indi-
vidual loanable works. The collection as a whole is also noted for its strong foreign
language component, particularly French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Collection location
 The Music Library is located in two separate areas on the 4th floor, South Block. Reg-
ular (octavo) books are in the Goldsmiths Reading Room. All scores and (folio) books
are in the Middlesex South Reading Room.
 The collection is arranged into 5 sections each according to the Dewey Decimal clas-
sification system. Each section is assigned a different code on the online catalogue:
Books have the location code SHL Goldsmiths’ Reading Room ML
Folio books have the location code Middlesex South Folio Books ML fol.
Scores have the location code Middlesex South ML M
Miniature scores have the code Middlesex South Gallery MIN SCORES ML mM
Oversize/Extra Large scores have the code Middlesex South Extra Large Scores
 The Goldsmiths Reading Room arranges the octavo books with the Dewey sequence
starting on the left hand side of the room.
 The Middlesex South Reading Room arranges the folio books, at the front of the Right
entrance of the Reading Room. After the folio books, the score sequence commences
on the left hand side and wraps around the reading room continuing into the Middle-
sex South Reading Room Gallery. The final sequence in the Gallery arranges the min-
iature scores.
 Some items are held in the closed access stacks. These will display the location STACK
SERVICE or OFFSITE STORE. Click on the ‘REQUEST’ button from the Library catalogue
for staff to fetch these materials. Stack Service materials are ready within the hour,
the Offsite Store takes 48-72 hours.
 Current Music Periodicals can be found in Display Bays 37-39 of the Periodicals Read-
ing Room—4th floor.

Related collections
• Special Collections – especially the Littleton Collection of early printed music and
treatises on music and works of Byrd and Tallis, the Sir George Elvey Collection, the
Tudor Church Music collection and the George Collection of piano music
• United States and Latin American area collections and Philosophy on the 6th floor and
Art and Film and Media Studies collections on the 5th floor
Electronic resources include subscriptions to digital encylopaedias, bibliographies, e-
books, e-journals and full-text databases, many of which can be accessed off-site by
Library members.

Resources of particular interest in this subject are can be retrieved from the Library’s
catalogue using the following KEYWORD shortcut: ‘MUSIC ERESOURCE’
Some of the key databases include:
 Academic Search Complete (full-text PDFs of ca 200 Music journals)
 International Index to Music Periodicals
 International Index to Performing Arts (full text from over 60 journals)
 JSTOR (full-text PDFs of over 900 music journals)
 MyiLibrary (ca 1000 e-books)
 Oxford Music Online
 RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
 RIPM Retrospective Index to Music periodicals (1800-present)
To browse the Library’s A-Z list of electronic resources try:

Web resources
Freely available digital e-books are continually being added to the OAPEN (Open Access
Publishing in European Networks) at Other electronic resources can be
searched via Delicious at

The Library has over 12,000 LP sound recordings however very few are on the
online catalogue. If you have a specific request or for more information please
contact the Music Librarian.

For more information about Music holdings in other academic libraries in the London
area, please consult the Cecilia catalogue which maps music resources in the UK and
Ireland – For elsewhere in the UK, consult the Consortium of
University and Research Libraries catalogue:
For further help, please contact the Research librarian, Colin Homiski, tel: 020
7862 8457, email:, or try his office in 510.

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