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The Music Library at Aberdare Hall

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The Music Library at Abedare Hall

Good library facilities are, of course, essential for study and research. The Music Library, which is housed just behind the School of Music building on the ground floor of the Library Wing of Aberdare Hall is one of over a dozen libraries run by the University's Information Services.

The Music Library’s friendly staff members are always on hand to assist you (see contact information below), and support can also be found for Music students at the other University Libraries and online through the Ask-A-Librarian service.


The Library’s collections

As of January 2011, The Music Library at Aberdare Hall provides access to over 43,800 items. This includes 9,281 monographs, 17,447 scores, 4,447 journal issues and volumes, 200 microform materials, 5,369 CDs, 107 DVDs, 26 Videos, 700 Audio Cassettes, 2,200 LPs, and a wide range of electronic resources in support of the teaching and research programmes in the School of Music.



library staff

The Library staff are always friendly and helpful

In all materials, western music from the medieval period to the present is covered, as well as traditional, classical, and popular music from cultures around the world. The collection encompasses musical history, theory and practice, and includes intersecting topics in physics, culture, aesthetics, communication, education, and various other arts and social sciences.

As one of several music libraries in the Cardiff area, the Music Library at Aberdare Hall is able to focus specifically on research materials in priority over performance or general interest materials.


Using other libraries

School of Music students are allowed to borrow up to two standard loan items from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Library which supplements the Music Library’s research materials with additional performance scores and trade magazines.

Students are also encouraged to present their Cardiff University NUS (National Union of Students) card at the Cardiff Central Library to apply for public library membership. This provides access to a wide range of books, scores, and CDs in topics of general music interest. The Library Services participates in a variety of other schemes which allow University students to use (and in some cases, borrow from) other libraries.


Special Collections

The University holds several rare and unique music manuscripts and early print editions from the 18th and 19th centuries. Most prominent of these are the Aylward and Mackworth collections, which are held just across the road from the School of Music in the University’s central archives at SCOLAR.


Acquiring new materials

The Music Librarian welcomes suggestions for new acquisitions from students as well as staff, and every effort is made to obtain research materials, either by purchase or interlibrary loan, whether it is for an undergraduate dissertation, postgraduate thesis or staff publication.

Please ask the staff for assistance in using the Library or for advice on searching for information. We are here to help you!


Music Library

Email: Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 4387



For queries on Research Assistance, Instruction, or the Library’s Collection, please contact:

Ms. Charity Dove

Position: Subject Librarian Email:



For queries on Inter-Library Loans, Choir Scores, and Orchestra Parts, please contact:

Mrs. Judith Hurford

Position: Assistant Library Operations Manager Email:



For queries on Copyright, Disability Access, and Music Library staffing, please contact:

Ms. Judith Rose

Position: Assistant Library Operations Manager Email: