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Music @ the BPL: Music

A guide to the Music Department at the Boston Public Library's Central Library in Copley Square, including resources and suggestions for searching our collections.

Music - Hours & Contacts

2nd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library

Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Please be aware that some material in the Arts collection require up to 72 hours advanced notice before viewing. Other Arts materials, specifically archival collections, books published before 1800, and some rare or fragile music items are not available for viewing at this time. Requestable material can be pulled in advance of your visit to the library to be picked up at the Book Deliver desk on the 2nd floor of the McKim Building - please contact an Arts staff member for further assistance. You will need a BPL card in order to request items from the collection. More information on how to get a card can be found here: 

Borrowing and Circulation FAQ 

About Music at the Central Library

The Music research collection contains materials on every facet of musical study, including biography, history and criticism, ethnomusicology, theory and composition, and music education; the collected editions of all the major composers (and many less well-known composers), many musical first editions and other rare items; and the important music indexes, encyclopedias and bibliographies.

Besides reference works, scores and librettos, there are over 400 periodicals and many other American and foreign music journals, including a number devoted to musical instruments, many of the standard recording review journals, and popular music magazines.

Music - Special Collections