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Music Collection

Dalhousie's music collection has something for everyone

The university’s extensive collection of music scores, recordings and books about music are housed on the 1st floor of the Killam Memorial Library. The music collection consists chiefly of classical music, but includes film sound tracks, jazz, folk, ethnic, military, and an ever-growing selection of popular music. The Killam Memorial Library’s feature film collection of approximately 1,400 movie DVDs is a recent addition to the Music Collection.

The University Archives also holds archival material from local performing arts organizations, composers, and musicians. Access to this material is provided in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Killam Memorial Library.

Collection Overview


Scores and Recordings

  • Comprehensive collection of study and performance scores
  • Urtext scores for major classical music composers
  • Compact disc and vinyl recordings in all genres
  • Videorecordings of operas and recitals

Archival resources

  • Music manuscripts
  • Archival sound recordings
  • Performance records

See the music subject guide for a select list of collections or search the Archives Catalogue.

Books and Mixed Media

  • Books and journals about all aspects of music history, musicology, theory, technique teaching
  • Texts accompanied by tapes, slides, cassettes, CDs  (on site use only)

Special Collections

Location and Contact Information

1st Floor, Killam Memorial Library
6225 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3H 4R2

Maps to Killam Library

Contact Information

Using the Music Collection

  • Books, scores, recordings and feature film DVDs are catalogued and available in Novanet or Novanet Classic.
  • Headphones may be signed out at the Killam Library Service Point.
  • CD and record players, headphones, and an electronic piano are available.
  • Music recordings do not circulate.
  • Study and Performance Scores circulate for one week
  • Urtext scores are for onsite use only.

Research Tools

  • Music subject guide
  • Music Reference Collection of major music encyclopedias, directories, IPA librettos of major operas, repertoire catalogues, thematic catalogues, bibliographies and music research guides is located in the Music Collection between the Music score and book section.
  • Oxford Music Online
  • List of all music databases