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Westminster Music Library

View opening times, contact details, services available and disabled access.

Published: 22 January 2021

Last updated: 29 April 2021

Opening times

Westminster Music Library is temporarily closed. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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 1946 with the music collections of music critic Edwin Evans and has historically been based within Victoria Library. 

Due to essential building maintenance Westminster Music Library is currently closed, and is being relocated to Westminster Reference Library, where it will join Westminster's nationally recognised art and design and performing arts collections in the heart of the West End. The library is projected to reopen in Spring 2021. 

Although the main part of our collection is not currently accessible, the orchestral performance sets are available to hire, and our online resources can be accessed 24/7. Please contact the Music Library for further information or any enquiries. 

Day Hours
Monday to Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


Venue notes

Currently available facilities and services

Facilities and services following reopening

  • books, sheet music, chamber and choral sets for loan
  • free use of a Yamaha digital piano - contact the library to book
  • Early Years Music Collection - books and interactive resources for children and young people
  • computers for accessing our catalogue and online resources 
  • 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



St Martin's Street
United Kingdom


There is no wheelchair access in this library but there are 3 steps and a handrail at the entrance. Most of the music collection and non-fiction books are situated on the first floor and accessed via a staircase (17 steps) with handrails. Registered assistance dogs are welcome.

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We have online events for adults, and online activities for children and young people.

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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)