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Library

The Royal College of Music Library supports teaching and performance at the RCM. The library contains more than 400,000 scores, books and recordings in its lending collection, plus access to more than 400 music journals.

In addition to the lending collection, the RCM Library holds internationally significant materials such as the manuscripts of Mozart’s C minor Piano Concerto K491, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Chopin’s Minute Waltz. Our collections include more than 20,000 manuscripts, 40,000 early printed editions, 140 personal archives and 700,000 concert and opera programmes. Postcards and facsimiles of some of the most significant items are available to buy from the RCM shop.

The RCM Library also manages the College archive which includes information about former staff, students and the history of the College.

Current opening hours

The Library is currently closed to visitors

Following the developing situation around Covid-19, and to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the RCM community, we are following Government instructions and have closed our campus buildings.

The Royal College of Music Library will be closed to visitors until further notice. Our online catalogue remains available.

More information on the RCM's response to Coronavirus

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Enquiries

If you have any general queries about the library please feel free to contact us via the email or phone number below, or ask in person at the library counter. A full list of library staff is available on our contacts page.

RCM Library

General enquiries

+44 (0)20 7591 4325

library@rcm.ac.uk