Guides to the Music Collections
The State Library has one of the largest public music lending libraries in Australia. All genres of music from classical to rock are collected. Over 70,000 scores and pieces of sheet music are available for loan. We also have a range of books, journals and e-resources to assist you with research and discovery of the vast world of music.
Use the links on the left or below to navigate to the aspect of the music collection you are interested in. In each section, you will find detailed information about the collection, search tips and internet links.
Some general guides to help you navigate your way through the music collections
Guides to various genres represented in the music collections such as rock & jazz
The State Library collects resources comprehensively for all instruments and the voice, from alto to zither, from tuba to piccolo. Find subject guides to most instruments and voice as well as orchestral, band and chamber ensembles.
Western Australia's rich musical heritage is collected and fostered by the State Library. The collection contains sound recordings, sheet music, books, serials, ephemera, videos and DVDs, photographs, oral histories and websites.
Western Australia's vibrant Indigenous musical life is reflected in a comprehensive heritage collection of recorded music covering both contemporary and traditional styles. Find printed resources about Indigenous music nation-wide.
The State Library is committed to supporting the musical education of all members of the community by providing general and free access to its music collections. Find links to educational institutions and competitions.
Use the State Library's resources to find out about topics such as beginning or managing a career, sourcing funding for a project, promoting your music, insuring your instrument or copyright compliance.
Quirky music websites and unusual books from the collection
Find here links to general music internet resources in Western Australia and across the nation.
Page last updated: Wednesday 12 March 2014