Collection of materials on all aspects of music in printed and audio formats. They are spread over the 15 branches of Mayo County Library service, with the largest collections in Ballina, Castlebar and Library Headquarters, Castlebar. Main features of the collection include:
Books on history of music and biographies of classical composers. Include Grove dictionary of music, New Grove Biographies Series, Master Musicians series, Oxford History of Western Music.
Books on Irish traditional music and dance including books of sheet music of Irish songs and airs.
Scores, mainly for piano, from the following composers:
Beethoven, Greig, Chopin, Scarlatti, Schostakowitsch, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Bartok, Debussy, Prokofieff, John Field, Tschaikowsky, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Kabalevsky, Bach, Heller, John Ireland, Schubert, Haydn. These are in Castlebar library.
Tutors for various instruments: Piano, violin, guitar, mandolin, banjo, harp, flute, tin-whistle, recorder, pipes, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, accordion, harmonica. Majority of these are in Ballina library.
Books and audio relating to traditional music in Mayo.
About 3000 audio CDs embracing all genres of music: classical, opera, jazz, blues, folk, traditional, rock, pop, country, world music.
Comprehensiveness and variety of the collection with good collections of musical scores and instrument tutors.
About 4,000 books and 3,000 CDs
Online catalogue access
No explicit policy on adding to the general collection. New items purchased periodically. Emphasis on acquisition of music by Mayo musicians or any musically related material of local interest