Dublin Institute of Technology: Music & Drama Library

The DIT Music & Drama library in Rathmines caters to the students and staff of the Dublin Institute of Technology. It is a performance-based library with a stock of over 18,000 scores and 8,500 books. The stock is mostly classical with a growing selection of traditional Irish music. Multiple copies of vocal music are held in Rathmines for the DIT choirs and performance groups. Full orchestral scores are held in Chatham Row, the other music building in DIT. All material in Rathmines is on open access. Material is chosen jointly by academic and library staff. The library added approximately 1,000 items to stock for 2007.

A cataloguing programme has been underway for some years to fully catalogue material so that each individual piece or song within a book is retrievable. To date the main scores are completed but work continues on miniature scores, CDs and vinyl.

The library subscribes to an extensive number of databases dedicated to music including JSTOR music, IIMP, RILM, Oxford Music Online, IPA Source and the streaming database Classical Music Library.

In addition to print journals, the library has full text access to over 80 electronic music-related journals.

The audio-visual collection comprises CDs (4,000), DVDs (150), videos (300) and vinyl records (several hundred uncatalogued). A full inter-library loan service is available through the British Library and International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA).

The library building also contains a computer room, a listening room and a reference room for silent study. All PCs are loaded with Sibelius software and full word processing facilities. The library has wireless internet access.

The listening room includes keyboards, DVD players, record players and CD players with a multi-point headphones distributor for group listening. Academic staff and postgraduates only may borrow the audiovisual material.

There is reciprocal visiting access to other third level institutions in Ireland for all students. Staff and postgraduates may be issued with a membership card to the Academic Libraries Co-operating in Ireland (ALCID) scheme and Sconul scheme.


Performance based material/ Anne Leahy library on J S Bach/ Grey box collection 18th/19th century archival collection./Digitised Irish sheet music 1900-1950.

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Over 18,000 scores and 8,500 books. The audio-visual collection comprises CDs (4,000), DVDs (150), videos (300) and vinyl records (several hundred uncatalogued). Digitised Irish sheet music 1900-1950 available to staff and students of DIT.

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Added by Dublin City Public Libraries | Last updated on: 25 August 2018