An internationally renowned collection of music materials, both manuscript and print.

Music Manuscripts

The two categories into which our most significant items fall are: pre-1700 manuscripts of English and Italian music, and pre-1700 printed music.

There are also extensive holdings of manuscripts reflecting music-making in Oxford in general, and Christ Church in particular, during the period c.1660-1740, as well as numerous printed books relating to the practice, theory and history of music before 1750.

The Online Catalogue

The Online Catalogue gives complete coverage of all the Library's printed and manuscript holdings of music source-material. A selection of materials have been digitised and are available via the Digital Bodleian platform. The available materials can be accessed by clicking on the links presented in the list below.