The largest public music library in the south of the UK, Westminster Music Library was founded in 1946 when the music critic Edwin Evans died, leaving his collection of thousands of books, letters, manuscripts and scores. Following his death, a committee was set up to administer his collection and deposited it with Westminster Libraries, who with their support, continue to expand, promote and maintain this unique resource.
Musicians have a wealth of unparalleled material within their grasp once they join Westminster Libraries. Westminster Music Library holds extensive loan collections of books, scores and performance parts, choral sets and sheet music. There are also orchestral sets for hire, reference books, and journals ranging from Early Music to NME (check availability on the periodicals catalogue).
We have recently acquired Sibelius for customer use, have a digital piano (also for customer use and for events) and have developed a Song Index to open up our song album collection. We have also retained a large collection of Mozart CDs from the former GLASS collection. The small but important Edwin Evans collection of original manuscripts and letters has now been moved to Westminster City Archives for temporary storage where the items can be better conserved.
Westminster Libraries are closed on English Bank Holidays. For information on any other temporary changes to opening hours, please visit the News page.
The Music Library will be closed to the public on the mornings of Saturday 5 and Saturday 19 October due to booked events. The library will open at 1.00pm on 5 Oct and 1.30pm on 19 Oct.
|Monday||11.00am - 7.00pm|
|Tuesday||11.00am - 7.00pm|
|Wednesday||11.00am - 7.00pm|
|Thursday||11.00am - 7.00pm|
|Friday||11.00am - 7.00pm|
|Saturday||10.00am - 5.00pm|
Address: Victoria Library, 160 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9UD
All enquiries: (020) 7641 6200 (press 3)
Renewals (24hrs): (020) 7641 6200
Minicom: (020) 7641 4879
Nearest Tube: Victoria
Buses: 11, 211, 239, C1, C10 or any bus to Victoria Station.
||The entrance to Victoria Library is suitable for wheelchairs, with level access and automatic doors (but see Music Library details below).
The ground floor is level: adult fiction, reference, periodicals, some non-fiction, music recordings, videos and the children's library are situated here.
Westminster Music Library is on one level, but is only accessible by 30 steps. There is no lift.
||Registered assistance dogs are welcome.|
As you will see from the access details above, Westminster Music Library is located on the first floor of Victoria Library. It is accessible via a staircase (30 steps), and there is no lift. If you find it difficult to access the Music Library due to a disability or for other reasons, we are able to offer a free postal service. Please telephone: (020) 7641 6200 (press 3), or e-mail: email@example.com for details.
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