Using the library
Only current members of the RCM may borrow from the library. Students may borrow up to 15 items and Junior Department students up to 4 items. Loans will only be issued on production of a current RCM ID card bearing the borrower’s photograph.
The library subscribes to many e-resources, including e-journals, e-books and databases. Some are listed in the online catalogue but all e-resources are restricted to current members of the RCM only.
The library welcomes external researchers during our normal opening hours. We do ask for proof of ID before consulting collections. We suggest you contact us in advance to make sure the reading room is available and we have sufficient staff to help you.
All manuscripts, early printed music and books, journals, programmes and archives should be returned by 6pm, or 30 minutes before the library closes, whichever is earlier.
No large bags or instruments may be taken into the library, these can be left in lockers and baggage racks. Any small bags which are brought into the library are subject to checks by staff.
There are no photocopying facilities for visitors' use.
Copying & photography
The library offers a copying service for non-copyright material. There is a charge for these services. Please direct enquiries about this service to Michael Mullen.
We do allow researchers to photograph some items. Those intending to do their own photography should first enquire of Michael Mullen as to the suitability of the material concerned.
All copies are for private study or research only. Separate permission will need to be sought for any publication, performance or recording of the material concerned.
We lend/supply some material to external borrowers, subject to preservation and copyright restrictions. For all interlending enquiries contact Monika Pietras.