Music Collection

The Music Collection at the University of Alberta includes large collections of scores, recordings, books and journals and the department is home to the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology and folkwaysAlive!, that, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute offers a unique collection of recordings and provides a hub for world music study and cultural research.

Our Music Collection includes:

  • Over 40,000 sound recordings
  • More than 53,000 volumes of printed music
  • More than 30,000 books about music
  • 420 printed journal titles. Many of these titles are also available in full text online, along with numerous additional titles that we provide only online.
  • Over 800 video recordings

The collection is housed in two locations:

Need help?

UAlberta Music Librarian Lucinda Johnston provides personalized help with music research and provides in-class instruction in accessing or working with music resources.

  • Visit the Library Website for information on library spaces, services, and collections
  • Check out the Music Subject guide which contains tips for starting research in music, finding repertoire for your instrument, and links to key sources of information
  • Visit the library service desk in person on the first floor of Rutherford North
  • Use the AskUs! drop-down menu
  • Book a consultation, or drop by during office hours
  • Recommend resources to purchase

Listening & Viewing Facilities:

  • Individual listening stations available with various playback options
  • Headphones are provided (*request on main floor service desk), or you may bring your own.
  • Rutherford North 2-109A provided for group listening, viewing, and study, subject to availability. Book study space here.