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Birmingham City Council

Music Library Services

Central Library changes

The Music library is now CLOSED until 3 September 2013 when the Library of Birmingham on Centenary Square will open.

From 4 January 2013 Central Library closed from Floor 3 upwards. Business and Learning services on the first floor is also closed. A much reduced library service will be available on the ground and first floors, with a basic lending library offer including children’s books and space to study. The Internet Centre will remain open.

Music in Community Libraries - Community Libraries with CD Collections

Acocks Green Library | Erdington Library | Hall Green Library | Handsworth Library | Harborne Library | Kings Norton Library | Mere Green Library | Weoley Castle Library

Digital Music Services still available

While we are closed you can still access these services with your Birmingham Libraries card:

A comprehensive source of information on music recordings distributed in the UK. Includes over 80,000 album cover scans and a DVD and VHS database. Now available by library card login on computers outside libraries.

Oxford Music Online is available at all Birmingham Libraries. You can also access this on computers outside the library by library card login.

Access to the largest index of recorded music in the UK.Search for DVDs and VHS videos, plus, over 80,000 album cover images now included. We subscribe to this site to make it available to you on computers in Birmingham Libraries and you can now access it on other computers if you are a member of the library. Library card login - please choose Birmingham Libraries from the drop-down menu, then enter the first 14 characters of your library card number without a space and using a capital letter.

Naxos Music Library
This is a collection of music available for online listening (but not downloading). It contains the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues, plus selections from other labels - more than 170,000 tracks altogether. It's mainly classical but also includes jazz, world, folk and Chinese music.

While listening you can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists. Search by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre. New releases are added every month.

You can access it on some library computers (you may need to ask staff for headphones) and you can use it on computers outside the library, with your Birmingham Libraries card.

Birmingham Libraries Online

You can also use other digital services if you are a library member, for example ebooks, eaudiobooks, special websites and online language learning.