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Westminster Music Library is one of the largest public music libraries in the UK, holding a wide range of sheet music and books about music. The library was founded in 1948 as Central Music Library with the music collections of the critic Edwin Evans. Many his personal papers are held at Westminster Archives Centre.

After more than 70 years based at Victoria Library, Westminster Music Library has now been relocated to Westminster Reference Library. Here it joins Westminster's nationally recognised art and design and performing arts collections in the heart of the West End.

Day Hours
Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 1pm to 5pm
Sunday Closed

 

Venue notes

Currently available facilities and services

  • extensive collection of books and sheet music – browse the catalogue or contact us for enquiries
  • a range of music periodicals, including current issues and many complete runs
  • orchestral sets and vocal sets for hire
  • a range of online resources available 24/7, covering music streaming, eBooks, and research tools
  • free use of a Yamaha digital piano - contact the library to book
  • Early Years Music Collection - books and interactive resources for children and educators
  • digital music workstations with composition and music production software
  • on demand service (see below for more information)
  • song index (see below for more information) - all the songs, indexed by title, held in our song albums
  • press cuttings collection - 44,000 cuttings collected by Edwin Evans from 1920-1940

Coming soon

  • digital music workstations with composition and music production software
  • rehearsal space, contact us for more details

location

Address

35 St Martin's Street
Westminster
WC2H 7HP
United Kingdom

Accessibility

There is no step free access to this library. The music library is on the first floor: from street level there are three steps to the lobby, then 6 steps to ground floor level and a further 30 steps to the first floor. Registered assistance dogs are welcome

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Events

We will be hosting a range of events and performances within the library. Sign up to the Libraries Newsletter for updates, and please get in touch if you are interested in performing or speaking at the library.

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Song index

If you're looking for the music to a song, use the song index to view all our song albums. The index draws information from our collection of 75,000 songs so search for titles in 100s of volumes of printed music anthologies.

Westminster Music Library On Demand

Our music library offers a document supply service; we scan and send scores, books and articles from our collection so you can have them when and where you need them.

Westminster Music Library On Demand charges for 2019/20
Handling fee £10 per item plus:

  • electronic delivery of a copy from print: £1 per page
  • paper copy by mail (UK delivery): £1 per page and £3 postage
  • paper copy by mail (overseas delivery): £1 per page and £5 postage

On Demand Terms and Conditions (pdf 76KB)

Directions to Westminster Music Library 

By train

Nearest railway station: Charing Cross Station

By underground

Nearest tube station: Leicester Square (Northern line), Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines), Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines)

By bus

Buses: 3, 6, 11, 14, 38, 94, 139

Plan your journey by using the TfL journey planner.