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The Elder Music Library

Explore Library Search for access to a wide range of ebooks and ejournals relating to music - also online scores, and streamed audio. In addition, we have a large amount of hard copy material that's not available online -

Our particular strengths (hard-copy collections) are in materials for performance and musicology.

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  • Location

    The library is located within the Hartley Building on Kintore Avenue. View our location on Google Maps or find us on the North Terrace campus map

  • Contacts

    Street address: Hartley Building, Kintore Avenue, Adelaide 5005

    Mail address: Elder Music Library, The University of Adelaide, South Australia. 5005

    Phone: +61 (0)8 8313 3686

    Elder Music Library Staff

    Allison Cox Elder Music Librarian
    Joanne Corbett Services Desk Supervisor
    Tina Dutton Library Officer
    Sue Doyle Acquisitions Officer
  • Resources

    Access is available to a large range of e-resources, as well as hard copy books, journals, music scores and sound recordings.

    See our separate guide to music resources and our music referencing guide

  • Physical Collections
    • Main Collection - books and journals
    • Reference Collection - much reference material is now online, but we do hold print versions of some rarer dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference texts 
    • Performing scores - instrumental and vocal scores suitable for usage in performance
    • Miniature scores - study scores with reduced-size type-face
    • Monumenta - multivolume composers' collected works, and historical sets
    • CDs and DVDs - located at the end of the main collection.
    • LPs - these are shelved in two sequences in the listening area
    • High Use collection - books, scores and audiovisual (A/V) materials in high demand, normally placed on reserve at the request of a lecturer. High use collection items are available at the loans desk, and have some time restrictions - check with us.

    How to get help

    You can email us or phone - see our Contact details. If you're in the library, please just ask us!


    The Elder Music Library came into existence on January 1, 2002 and its physical collection comprises mainly music materials - reference works, books, journals, CDs, DVDs, collected editions, historical sets, performance and study scores.

    Previously called the Performing Arts Library the library incorporates holdings from the earlier Elder Music Library, the Barr Smith Library Music Collection and the Fulton Library of the South Australian College of Advanced Education. More recently, the library of the Flinders Street School of Music also became part of the Elder Music Library.

  • Facilities

    Facilities include:

    • wireless access
    • 13 desktop computers for student use
    • 3 computers for public use
    • private study carrels with power points
    • carrels with audio equipment

    Photocopying and Scanning

    Audio and Video Facilities

    Computers are available for playing CDs and DVDs. There are also a number of carrels in the listening area containing audio equipment for playing cassettes and LPs. Headphones can be borrowed from the loans desk. We also have a small selection of portable audio equipment available at the loans desk which can be borrowed from the library for short periods of time.


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