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Music: Overview and Printed Scores

A research guide for finding music in various formats in the Yale University Library, and for beginning research on music.

Music Library Scores Collection

The library's collections include more than 150,000 scores (aka notated music), including the following types:

  • Online, printed, manuscript, and microfilm scores
  • Scholarly & critical editions
  • Scores and parts for performance for solo through nine instruments
  • Full scores and study scores
  • Vocal scores
  • Facsimile reproductions of early printed scores and manuscript scores
  • Archival collections with scores
  • Rare editions 
  • Sheet music

The circulating scores and parts are housed in the Music Library's basement-level stacks and can be checked out at the Circulation Desk.

The Composer's Critical Editions (M3's) and Monuments of Music (M2's) are mainly in the Reference Room, on the mezzanine level.

A few Yale-class sets and series are housed in the Basement, Room 4 (the room with bound periodicals).

A few M2s and some duplicate M3 volumes may be found in the Basement Stacks.

See also the Special Collections tab for information about rare printed and manuscript scores in Yale's collections.

Music scores and sketches digitized at Yale may be found in Quicksearch Digital Collections and linked from this page of Digitized Treasures.

Some digitized manuscript scores and letters, along with selected pages from rare editions and prints and photographs are linked from our Exhibits pages.


Searching for Scores

See the Search Library Catalogs tab for advice on searching for scores.

See the Scores page of the Chamber Music Guide for additional advice on searching for chamber music.