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Music: Books

How do I access my reading lists?

You can access your course reading lists in Blackboard. Log in via MyManchester, then click the ‘Reading Lists Online’ link in the left-hand menu to see your lists, or use the link below:

Borrowing and returning books

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Find help and support with all aspects of locating and borrowing books.

General e-books

You can find e-books by searching the Library Search or by using the links below:

Humanities e-books

You can find e-books by accessing Library Search or by using the links below:

Printed books, e-books and theses


New book titles

The following titles reflect the most recent textbooks purchased by the University of Manchester Library for your studies and research.

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Guide to printed stock

The main collections of Music scores and books can be found on Red 2. There are separate sequences (classified at 780-789) and printed music (classified at M780-M789). There is also a separate M- sequence of minature/study scores, in boxes. Current and past issues of printed journals in Music are located after the books.


General classification numbers for printed music:

Classification Number Subject
M780.8 Anthologies, Denkmäler
M780.92 Collected editions of composer
M782.1 Opera vocal scores
M783 Church music
M784 Secular vocal music
M785 Full and study scores
M785.7 Chamber music parts 
(divided by number of instruments)
M786 Keyboard music
M787 String solo music
M788 Wind solo music
M789 Music for percussion

Classification numbers of books in the Music collections:

Classification Number Subject
780.9 Music history
780.92 Individual composers and musicians
781.24 Notation
781.3 Harmony
781.4 Counterpoint
781.5 Form and analysis
781.632 Orchestration
781.633 Score reading
781.91 Instruments, general
782 Opera
783 Church music
784 Secular vocal music
785 Orchestra
786 Keyboard
787 Strings
788 Wind
789 Percussion

A card catalogue for printed music can be found on Red 2, and contains details of all music acquired by the Library up to September 1994. Library Search will find details of printed music acquired since then, as well as some older material.

You can download a guide to Red 2 in the box below.

Guide to Red 2

How to find and access theses?

Hard copy PhD theses before 2009 produced at The University of Manchester are held at the Joule Library.

You can search Library Search for a thesis, make a note of the shelfmark (eg Th 16574), bring the number to the issue counter and we will retrieve it for you. Please note that they are reference only and cannot be removed from the Library.

We do not hold Masters or undergraduate theses.

Below is a link to our dedicated thesis support page.





Doctoral/Research Theses

Electronic versions of many open-access University of Manchester research theses, submitted from the 2010 session onwards, are available on Pure, the University of Manchester’s internal repository.

Inter-Library Loans service

The University of Manchester Library is one of the largest subscribers to e-journals and databases in the UK but we don’t have access to everything.

If you find that we don’t hold a book, report, journal article or conference paper that you need, you can use our Inter-Library Loans service.

Using Google Books

It is worthwhile carrying out a search on Google Books to see if a book is available to view online.

If you have a reading list for your course and the books are in use by other students, you can check to see if it has been fully or partially digitised by Google.

Google Book Search
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