These websites have been recommended by public music librarians in several countries, so the language is indicated after each title.
1. General websites
1.1 Library gateways
- Portal for music libraries in Finland (Finnish)
- The HelMet libraries, music section
- Catalogues and professional services in Finnish Branch website (Finnish)
- Music Library of Sweden (Swedish)
- Molndal City Library internet directory has links on all subjects, in the same order as books in Swedish libraries
- DW3 Classical Music resources (English) Duke University Libraries website
1.2 Library catalogues
- COPAC (English)
Allows access to the merged online catalogues of 24 of the largest university research libraries in the UK & Ireland, plus the British Library, National Library of Scotland and National Library of Wales.
There is no special music search facility, but hundreds of thousands of music records are included.
- Min-On Music Library (Japanese)
A Japanese private organisation specialising in western art music. OPAC:
- NACSIS webcat (Japanese)
- Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
- Japan Choral Music Center & Library
- Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library (Japanese)
1.3 Online Music Guides
GUIDES TO MUSIC AMG (English)
All music: gives the main genres of music relating to specific artists and composers.
You can also search by country, instrument, mood, theme, genre
2. Song indexes
These indexes refer to published collections of songs owned by the libraries concerned.
- Barbican Library song index (English)
- Plymouth Library (English)
3. Specialists additional helpers
- NAME THAT TUNE - Melodyhound (English)
If the enquirer can hum or whistle a tune, finding the name is possible using Melodyhound. It uses a simple code (up, down, repeat). There are links to similar sites.
- All Record Labels (English)
Contains links to probably every record label website. The "Browse by" facility is very useful.
4. Composer websites
- L.van Beethoven
http://www.beethoven-haus-bonn.de (German, English)
- E. Grieg
- W.A. Mozart
http://www.nma.at/english/e0e.html (German, English, Italian)
- Boosey & Hawkes (English) Good for classical music.
Lists scores published by hundreds of music publishers. Use the "advanced search" option for best results
- Music Room (English) Good for popular music but also has classical music.
Use the "advanced search" option for best results; here you can search for individual songs.
- Sheet Music Hound (English)
Classical and popular music
- Swiss Music Edition (headings in English, French, German & Italian) Links to publishers' websites.
- Gakufu-Net (Japanese) Online music score shop
- Amazon: individual sites for each country, e.g.:
- HMV: individual sites for each country, e.g.:
- Tower.JP (Japanese)
7. Music by Genre
- musicIshkur's guide to electronic music
- Internet Movie Database
- General guide on Worldmusic
- African music encyclopedia
8. Music Trade
- Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society & Performing Right Society (English)
- Music Forest (Japanese) A portal for music copyright management in Japan with databases
9. Music librarianship
- Swedish guidelines for creating subject headings (Swedish)
Updated July 2008