All students have full access to the Conservatoire Library, an integral part of the University’s Library Services, which links all its central and specialist libraries and enables students to borrow items from any of them.

Alongside wide-ranging and substantial collections of books and journals, specialised print and computer-based sources are available to support various projects and research needs. Other items can be obtained via the inter-library loan system as required.

New facilities

The Library recently underwent extensive building work funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the University. With the stock safely stored offsite, the space was completely gutted in order to create a mezzanine level, which now offers an additional quiet study area. Another new feature is a ground-floor seminar/group study room, which can also be used by Library staff for meetings and information skills training for students.

The Library’s collections include over 8,000 books, 1,300 orchestral and band sets, 1,100 sets of vocal scores, about 100,000 individual scores and parts, and around 12,000 sound recordings. To deal with our ever-expanding stock, we have installed a public compact storage system (moveable shelving) and new storage racks for our collection of over 8,000 CDs. Our new Audio Room has an upgraded suite of listening and recording equipment, plus two separate cubicles for listening and viewing.

The Library has been re-equipped with new computers and online services include the British Humanities Index, RILM, JSTOR, New Grove Online, NAXOS and the Classical Music Library. You can also access our complete library catalogue via the internet.

Our professionally trained staff will provide you with an introduction to the Library when you enrol, and more detailed guidance is offered to groups or individuals whenever appropriate.

Opening times

The Conservatoire Library is open seven days a week during term time and weekdays during vacations.

Term Opening Hours Staffed Hours Closing Time
Monday 9am 9am - 6pm 10pm
Tuesday 9am 9am - 6pm 10pm
Wednesday 9am 9am - 6pm 10pm
Thursday 9am 9am - 6pm 10pm
Friday 9am 9am - 5pm 7pm
Saturday 9am 9am - 1pm 6pm
Sunday 9am Reference only 12 noon - 12.30pm CLOSED 6pm
Vacation Opening Hours Staffed Hours Closing Time
Monday 9am 9am - 4.45pm 5pm
Tuesday 9am 9am - 4.45pm 5pm
Wednesday 9am 9am - 4.45pm 5pm
Thursday 9am 9am - 4.45pm 5pm
Friday 9am 9am - 3.45pm 4pm