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Guide Updates

  • Sept. 18, 2016: newly added: Trove (National Library of Australia), Juilliard Manuscript Collection, The Morgan Library & Museum, Saxon State and University Library Dresden. Music and Theatre Library of Sweden (all MLC); Josquin Research Project (MCE); updated in MLC: Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Sibley Music Library.
  • Aug. 26, 2016: newly added: Digital Sheet Music Archives, launched same date (RL); Ignaz Pleyel Early Editions (M&EI); Digital Library of Slovenia, Polona (both MLC); African American Sheet Music (SC); Carl Nielsen Edition (MCE).
  • Aug. 16, 2016 updates: RISM, Répertoire des manuscrits médiévaux notés (both M&EI); Henle (P&V).
  • Aug. 16, 2016: work resumed on guide following its initial announcement and prototype demonstration at 2016 IAML Meeting in Rome, July 7.

For earlier update postings, see the Other Resources & Update Archive tab.

About This Guide

This guide is very much a work in progress, begun in the summer of 2016 and launched in a presentation at the 2016 Rome meeting of the International Association of Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML). The goal is to produce a selective list of digital score websites arranged in broad categories to facilitate access to and discovery of this expanding body of online material that comes to us from a diverse, disparate, and diverse body of sources. These include library digital initiatives, academic organizations, commercial publishers and vendors, aggregators and resource providers, creative commons repositories, and the websites of creative artist-composers.

Scope of content :

  • Free online access provided by institutions, rights-holders, or intermediary sources. Most of this material is in the public domain.
  • Fee-based access to content via individual purpose (by individuals) or by institutional subscription.
  • The collective term "scores" has the broadest possible context and includes all notated music in all formats.

Criteria for inclusion:

  • Sites are currently maintained and curated.
  • There is a significant, critical mass of content, or the content is of exceptional importance or uniqueness.
  • Many smaller or very specialized websites not specifically cited in the guide are covered by the resource lists or portals and are indexed under Other Resources (final tab) in this guide.

Contact the Author

Darwin F. Scott
Senior Music Librarian

Arthur Mendel Music Library
Woolworth Center of Musical Studies
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1007

Darwin F. Scott


This guide is under development as of July 1, 2016 and is very much in a beta stage. I happily welcome recommendations for additional resources that meet the selection criteria and also welcome feedback for improving its utility and correcting errors or broken links. When submitting resources for consideration, please include URLs and a short justification for inclusion. Please note that there are many resources already identified to add to this guide and they will start appearing in mid-August 2016.